Images of Summer

We’ve managed to get a few places lately in the glorious sunshine and took a few photographs, at such places as Haddon Hall, Walton Dam, Queens Park and Linacre Woods.  Here are a selection of those visits, displaying vivid colours and the bright light of summer.  Firstly Linacre Reservoir from two days ago.  The light over the water was changing second by second, so I had no time to waste in taking the following pictures:

linacre light 1

linacre light 1

linacre light 2

linacre light 2

linacre light 3

linacre light 3

linacre light 4

linacre light 4

linacre light 5

linacre light 5

linacre light 6

linacre light 6

midsummerssundog

midsummerssundog

Above is a wonderful and most rare thing, at least for me anyway… at sunset at midsummers, Tiro and I spied a sundog, it’s very faint and we couldn’t see the opposing number, but one was enough to make our midsummers celebrations quite special.  If it’s being a little elusive, it’s in the centre of the picture, just up from the tree branch and consists of a vertical stripe, beginning with red/ orange on the right and going through yellow and into pale light on the left.

moon

moon

Just because she’s been so glorious lately 🙂

The recent evening skies have been a subtle blend of shades melting into one another:

evening sky

evening sky

walton trees

walton trees

A short visit to Walton Dam brought us light through the trees and a little visitor…

cygnet

cygnet

Continuing with the bird theme, staking out the bird feeder reveals a larger than normal visitor:

Greater Spotted Woodpecker

Greater Spotted Woodpecker

And one of of the more regular variety:

blue tit

blue tit

I did see a lot of other visitors, but sadly my camera and I never quite reacted fast enough to capture anything but a blur, or a tail feather dissapearing off shot.
Flowers and other flora thankfully don’t move around that much and at least allow me to get fairly close to set up a shot:

tree in summer

tree in summer

sycamore leaves

sycamore leaves

solomons seal

solomons seal

silver birch catkins

silver birch catkins

wild rose

wild rose

garden rose

garden rose

oak leaves

oak leaves

oak apple gall

oak apple gall

apple tree

apple tree

The blossoms of Hawthorn, Bramble and Apple are fading fast, and have now started growing the fruits that will be ready in Autumn.

hawthorn

hawthorn

hawthorn

hawthorn

brambles

brambles

brambles

brambles

I did take the two shots below a few weeks ago, the Lilac and Iris have now faded until next year.

Lilac flowers

Lilac flowers

yellow iris

yellow iris

purple iris

purple iris

I’ve seen honeysuckle not only through the woods at Linacre, but also intertwinned with the hedgerows around Chesterfield.

honeysuckle

honeysuckle

A lazy afternoon ride out to Haddon Hall brought the wonders of this fungus growing on a dead trunk near the walls. No idea what kind it is, only that it’s wonderfully wierd 🙂

Dryads Saddle or Pheasants Back Mushroom

Dryads Saddle or Pheasants Back Mushroom

Forget-me-nots grow in the strangest of places, here one is happily growing from a crack in a wall:

forget me nots

forget me nots

A visit to private gardens and Queens Park brought a riot of colour in the form of Dianthus and friends:

dianthus

dianthus

dark pink dianthus

dark pink dianthus

Azalea

Azalea

unknown flora 2

unknown flora 2

White Campion

White Campion

clematis

clematis

chives

chives

And so we end where we began, back in the woods around Linacre:

Lady Fern

Lady Fern

Thanks to Gill, we’ve been able to identify a few plants we had trouble naming at first, but we’re still lacking one or two.  If you recognise any of the species as yet unnamed above, please let us know.

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6 thoughts on “Images of Summer

    • Ooooh! thank you 🙂 I’m not too good on mushrooms and fungi unless it’s button or chestnut mushrooms, or the red-and-white ones… I’ve updated the picture title.
      Please feel free to drop another comment or two if you see something else anonymous that needs better identification 🙂

  1. unknown flora 1 – looks like azalia
    not sure about the other 2 although I used to have some of u/k 3 in my garden.
    Have got my sister onto the case though.

    • You’re doing a rather impressive job there. I can see we’re going to have to find some more Mystery Plant Pics for you…!

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