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:
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.
Just because she’s been so glorious lately 🙂
The recent evening skies have been a subtle blend of shades melting into one another:
A short visit to Walton Dam brought us light through the trees and a little visitor…
Continuing with the bird theme, staking out the bird feeder reveals a larger than normal visitor:
And one of of the more regular variety:
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:
The blossoms of Hawthorn, Bramble and Apple are fading fast, and have now started growing the fruits that will be ready in Autumn.
I did take the two shots below a few weeks ago, the Lilac and Iris have now faded until next year.
I’ve seen honeysuckle not only through the woods at Linacre, but also intertwinned with the hedgerows around Chesterfield.
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 🙂
Forget-me-nots grow in the strangest of places, here one is happily growing from a crack in a wall:
A visit to private gardens and Queens Park brought a riot of colour in the form of Dianthus and friends:
And so we end where we began, back in the woods around Linacre:
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.