Wildflowers

"I remember once finding a lush Dorset meadow, aglow with sweet scented flowers. I spent the whole morning collecting and by lunchtime I had filled all my available jars and tins and boxes, yet there were still hundreds of specimens I had not acquired.

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I hastily cycled all the way home, unloaded my treasures, had a quick sandwich and made my way back to this wonderful meadow. By four o'clock my collecting equipment was full again with a completely new set of creatures that I had not seen in the morning. Once more I cycled home, deposited my catch, and returned to the meadow where, to my astonishment, I found yet another set of creatures called out by the sinking sun and the cooling air. It taught me what a treasure trove a field like this can be."

THE AMATEUR NATURALIST © Gerald Durrell and Lee Durrell 1982

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