White Clover – forty years ago in my nature notebooks

Forty years ago I was busy lying in the grass looking at the clover. White clover is beautiful and highly productive because it has a special property of being able to take Nitrogen from the air and ‘fix’ it so it is able to grow more prolifically. Here’s my nature notebook from 17 October 1976:

White Clover - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

On Westray it is everywhere.

Rolling in the clover - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

I love its leaves with the heart-shaped points.

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Petrosphere - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

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