Took myself off on a nice trip to Farndon, to have a good walk around and see what I might find at Cottage Lane Reserve.
The answer was, not very much.
The tufted vetch that gives the reserve a feel of a bushy ocean in late summer was largely over, and red clover was the dominant plant in the meadow area, while purple and yellow loosestrife fringed the ponds in, er, purple and yellow.
More yellow was supplied by a lovely second flight male brimstone that was feeding off clover. It's rare to see them settle for long, but this one took its time. Too far away to photograph however.
Migrant hawker dragonflies were on patrol too, flying in those sinister zig zag patterns, always looking for hapless prey.
OK, so, there was quite a lot to see really. I just didn't get to photograph any of it...
However, there were other beautiful things I found to show you. On the way out, I'd noticed that the red valerian outside the front of a sheltered housing complex was a bit of a butterfly magnet, and sure enough when I came back there were small tortoiseshells feeding off it, one of them pristine, the other so raggedy I was amazed it could fly.
A marigold also provided the colourful backdrop for a bumblebee.
Yeah! Let's turn that photo saturation up baby!!!
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