Sunday, 16 May 2010

glorious victory

Having mentioned the Kymin in my previous post, I was passing close by there yesterday and thought it would be nice to call in, as I wanted to photograph some wood anemones. So I swung off the main road at Monmouth and rumbled slowly up the steep, windy lane to the top. And as soon as I switched the engine off, I heard a blackcap singing, closely followed by a willow warbler, and then the blackbirds and chiffchaffs joined in too.

We seem to be rushing towards summer- I'd only just got used to the blossom on the trees when it was already past its best and being blown away by the wind, the spindrift of spring.

The Naval Temple was almost lost in the foliage; its assertion of "Glorious Victory" seemed a bit presumptuous in the luxuriance of the fresh growth, which blossomed and flourished as leaves on a tree...

Couldn't find any anemones though. Damn. Hope it's not too late already.


  1. Nice to see more pictures.

    Perhaps nature is telling us something by smothering the monument in new growth. You're right about the spring, it seems to have just about managed to squeeze in betweeen winter and summer.

  2. Love the pictures, Dru, though I've no idea what the monument is about---it looks like a Buddhist-Hindu collaboration to me, mounted on a strange composite vehicle. The Kymin looks like a rural office tower.

  3. It would be nice to think that in a few centuries someone might come upon the ruins of the temple in the woods and wonder what civilisation had erected it, wouldn't it, Anji? -though ancient monuments rarely get the chance to fall properly into decay these days.

    It is a bloody strange structure, Larry. It has plaques all over it with the names of admirals on it, from the Napoleonic Wars. Apparently Nelson 'approved' its building. There's a museum in Monmouth of Nelson memorabilia.