The tea was taken care of at Rumbles, where small tortoiseshells were loving the flowerbed, and along the paths I saw red admirals, and what must be newly emerged second flight commas. I hadn't seen a comma until today, and was rather relieved to see their familiar deep orange, ragged, wings sunbathing on a nettle leaf.
Also new in the air today was a brown hawker dragonfly over the second pasture, flying at angles, bronzed wings glinting.
I kept walking, past the multitude of bumblebees and honeybees enjoying the fragrant lavender on the library park, and down Clay Lane to snap a small tortoiseshell feeding off a thistle. Clay Lane field itself was full of meadow browns - I like how they've left half the field to grow wild for nature.
I kept walking, looking out for architectural things for I was away from green space, other that the abandoned nature reserve at the end of Beacon Hill Road. Must write about that place soon.
Soon, when I don't have a thought of an ice cream to distract me as well.
|See how many butterflies you can spot in this picture of the Rumbles flowerbed|
|Speckled Wood by the Devon Park woodland|
|Meadow brown on a thistle, Devon Pasture|
|Small tortoiseshell, Clay Lane|
|The bee in the sun|
|Bumblebee close up|