So I just ran round the two lakes, with plenty of photography stops, before heading through the Forgotten Reserve and Friary Road park. I've only been trapped inside for three days, but the rain of this morning and the sun of the afternoon seems to have woken up the world.
On my run today, dog violet, grape hyacinth and Spanish bluebell were all seasonal debutantes, as well as an unidentified dandelion like flower on the shores of Balderton Lake. But today's prize was my first good look at a bumblebee for 2015.
It was a big queen buff or white tail, looking for a nest hole in Friary Road park at the base of the Sleaford Road wall amid a sea of squill. Of course, it wouldn't let itself be photographed willingly, but I managed to snap it as it explored some leaf litter.
A welcome sight indeed, and it ushers in a new season of photographing buzzers, flutterers, and things that bumble along. Happy hunting to you all!
|Squill circle in the cemetery|
|I thought you got maggots in the grave, not on it|
|Dog violets are out at Balderton Lake|
|Unknown yellow flowers. Rather too close to the lake on a steep slope...|
|Bit choppy on the water today|
|DANGER! - Willow catkins|
|Honk when you're in love|
|Coot giving me the evil eye|
|Big queen bumble seeks home|
|Spanish bluebell, I think|