February 2nd – The Azolla bloom in the local canal, and as it matures patches of the waterway have turned a deep red.
Azolla is a small but populous growth that although strange and invasive, does little harm – it will disappear in spring as the weevils gorge on it. Winter normally sees its death, but after a very favourable summer, the winter has not been cold enough to kill it.
It’s not stringy and parts easily for passing boats and waterfowl.
But it does look very unusual.