Wednesday, 1 June 2011

The Beauty and The Beast

We went on our usual trip to the North, County Durham to stay for a week with my OH's father.  We visited the Teeside Nature Reserve, a very interesting area and gives me hope that nature, given the chance, can win.  The reserve is surrounded by very heavy industry including a nuclear powerstation, and plenty of wildlife are thriving in this area. It is worth a visit, the RSPB Saltholme nature reserve is also in this area, where you can get a nice cup of coffee:-) 

RSPB Saltholme Nature Reserve looking towards part of the heavy industry that surrounds the reserve.
Teeside Nature Reserve

Part of Teeside Nature Reserve with some of the heavy industry surrounding the reserve.
Teeside Nature Reserve

Beautiful orchids, there were loads of these orchids on the reserve, I am not sure what this orchid is.
Orchids on Teeside Nature Reserve

A flock of Greylag Geese in front of Hartlepool Nuclear powerstation. 
Greylag Geese in front of Hartlepool Nuclear Powerstation

Avocet in one of the lagoons on the Teeside Nature Reserve.  There were also Terns, they were too far away for me to get a good picture of them.
Avocet at Teeside Nature Reserve

Common seals (I think) on the Tees estuary
Common Seals in Teeside Nature Reserve

A man walking his dog along the beach, walking towards some heaving industry belching out filthy smoke.
Heavy Industry, Teeside Estuary

Common Blue butterfly, there were plenty of these butterflies on the reserves.
Common Blue butterfly at Teeside Nature Reserve


Roy said...

Interesting area to visit Lyn, the orchid is the Southern Marsh Orchid.
Yes a lot of industry and the cleanest and cheapest of it all (that always gets a bad press) is Nuclear.

holdingmoments said...

Amazing contrasts in these pictures Linda.
Just shows that no matter how much man scars the planet, nature will always try to fight back with its beauty.

ShySongbird said...

Definitely a post of great contrasts Linda! The industrial side of the place would have intimidated me, as a child I was terrified of huge electricity pylons and still feel uncomfortable in that sort of environment. However the Nature side was very appealing :)

I think your Orchid is either the Southern Marsh Orchid or the Northern Marsh Orchid.

Lovely to see the Avocet, I never have!

Great photos :)