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Our week’s holiday was coming to an end and we wanted to take a walk in the beautiful countryside around the town of Triberg.  The hotel thoughtfully provided maps and suggestions for walks so we chose one and adapted it for our use.  Neither Richard nor I are as fit or as young as we used to be and Elinor cannot walk very far because of her scoliosis so we decided on a half-circuit of the town in the woods.  We went in the direction of the railway station and took a steep path up between houses towards the forest.


Bilberries (Vaccinium myrtillus)

We were soon high enough to be able to look down on the town which was very busy with Sunday visitors and many motorbikes.  I think Richard told us this part of the walk was called the Bilberry Wood and there were certainly many bilberries growing at the side of the path.

P1000814Common Earthball phps

There was plenty of fungus too. I think this may be Common Earthball (Scleroderma citrinum)

We soon climbed a little further into the forest and left the town behind and no longer heard the traffic.

The forest became denser but there was never any difficulty following the path which was beautifully maintained.  I began to see many different plants; some I recognised and some I didn’t.  If anyone can help me with the names of these plants I will be very grateful.


Polypody (Polypodium vulgare) – a true fern. When walking with my family I always get left behind because I like to take photos of plants and fungi. I don’t have the time to take the detailed shots I would like in order to identify my finds in case I am left too far behind!


More Polypody

I love the chunkiness of Polypody so I cropped one of the photos above to look at it in more detail.

P1000817Polypody - Copy (2)


P1000818Small Balsam phps

I think this might be Small Balsam (Impatiens parviflora)


Unknown flower


It’s very tall!


Interesting leaves


Common Cow-wheat (Melampyrum pratense)

P1000850Wild flowers

Wild flowers including a Bedstraw, Common Bird’s-foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) and Lesser Stitchwort (Stellaria graminea).


Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)

P1000837Royal Fern phps

This may be Male Fern (Dryopteris filix-mas)


St John’s-wort; I don’t know which of the many St John’s-worts it is.


Cat’s-ear (Hypochaeris radicata)


Loosestrife (Lysimachia punctata)

I managed to photograph a butterfly….


A Brimstone butterfly (Gonepteryx rhamni) on Lysimachia

…and a moth.

P1000864ScarletTiger Moth

A Scarlet Tiger Moth (Callimorpha dominula). When flying I could see its underwings which were bright scarlet.

The views as we walked were marvellous.

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The path eventually returned us to the town near to the waterfall.

My music selection today is ‘A Walk in the Black Forest’ which was so popular on the radio when I was a little girl.

I am hoping that Elinor will provide the last of my Black Forest posts.

Thanks for visiting!