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Taken just two days ago during one of my weekly countryside walks with friends. This time we were walking through woodlands beside the River Tweed near Peebles and came across this beautiful "carpet" of bright little flowers. At this time of year we often see clusters of bluebells in woods - but these little flowers are actually Pink Purslane, nowadays a not uncommon sight in British woodlands - you can see a closer view in the lower image.

Pink Purslane (Claytonia sibirica) is non-native to the U.K.: it is native to Siberia and western North America. The flower was introduced to the UK in the 18th century in gardens, from where it has escaped and spread. It has been wild since 1830s. The leaves are edible, can be added to salads, and have an earthy beetroot flavour. They can also be cooked like spinach.

ISO 400, 1/60 sec at f/8, focal length 24mm.

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1985 W: 427 N: 7659] (30513)
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