I think that the bad weather that the NE of America has been experiencing this summer has been blown over to us across the pond....thanks guys! (-: It's been difficult to get out with the camera recently, but I managed to spend an hour or so at my local nature reserve the other day.
The Purple Loosetrife is in full bloom around the lakeside which is looking beautiful right now.
This photo should be called...spot the bird! I knew I was miles to far away for a decent photo but...........I can never resist trying to take photos of our Kingfisher. They're such charismatic birds and this one let me know it was there by its distinctive 'desperate' sounding whistle. This photo is heavily cropped from the one above. There's no such thing as colour clashes in nature I think.We have some felt squares placed around the reserve to try and attract Slow Worms and Mice and Voles etc. As I walked around I carefully lifted up various of these squares and the only thing I found were several Toads. This one stayed still long enough for me to grab a photo. It's only about an inch long. Even though the sun wasn't shining, there were quite a few butterflies about. Mostly there were Gatekeepers. This one is the male with those dark patches on the fore wings.And this is the female below, looking a bit more washed out.Earlier in the year we had an invasion of thousands of Painted Ladies from the continent. These stayed over here to breed and we are now seeing the newly hatched ones everywhere. They are amazingly fresh looking compared to the tatty ones that came over originally.I hope the weather improves so I can get out again soon.