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Gwennap Head

30th May 2013

Common Dodder on Western Gorse

Common dodder on western gorse

The last of the sun catching common dodder on western gorse

We parked at Porthgwarra and walked up the headland towards Gwennap Head.  The scenery is outstanding.  What a joy and privilege to be out on this glorious headland.  Common dodder is a leafless parasitic plant and can look quite dramatic when found growing in abundance.  The reddish string like dodder can look quite wonderful.

Western gorse in its natural setting

Western gorse in its natural setting

Granite having a laugh (or taking a bite).

Granite having a laugh (or taking a bite).

Typical granite formations are in abundance on this Cornish coastline

Typical granite formations are in abundance on this Cornish coastline

Western gorse with the coastguard station and cone like navigational markers on the horizon

Western gorse with the coastguard station and cone like navigational markers on the horizon

The cone shaped day markers warn shipping of the dangers of the Runnel Stone.

More western gorse looking towards Land's End

More western gorse – looking towards Land’s End

If you look hard enough you can just make out the Longships Lighthouse off Land”s End, just to the left of the sun.

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