It was my middle length route to Langford, the one via Stapleford Woods, and I was fair flying along the quiet roads, enjoying the trip out and feeling rather relieved I wasn't having to flog my legs on muddy tracks.
I wasn't alone at Langford, a couple were doing the whole flask and binoculars thing down on the viewing platform, so I left them to it while exploring the waterside margins - there wasn't much out on the water in any case. It was rewarding; the sun had brought out male common darters, still flying like the witches this Halloween, and a grasshopper hopped into view for a sunbathe too.
Fungi were plentiful, and there were some bright pink flowers in surprising full bloom. The sun shone upon the water and everything seemed pretty much OK with the world at that moment.
It was a nice ride back in too, racing my shadow as the sun began to set and paint the sky salmon pink.
All text and images copyright CreamCrackeredNature 31.10.15
|Cormorant and swan impersonating Loch Ness Monster|
|Common darter on the organic bike rack|
|The best behaved dragonfly species for photography|
|Lovely detail in the wings, as a photobomber appears|
|Ducks on a distant shore|
|Clump of toadstools|
|Brackets in the bike rack|
|The reed bed as the sun sets|