Success today and yesterday. The Heath Spotted Orchid. Not rare but this is the only place I've found them in this area. Shame they're not Marsh Orchids given that I have to negotiate such boggy ground to find them, but never mind. Below is a fraction of what faced me and caused very wet feet:
Yesterday I found this little clump but they were still fairly closed up:
But today produced this beautiful little specimen.
On the way home I saw.............
These three foals:
A Meadow Pipit or Skylark (not the best identification angle) escaping the camera
A sheep trying to hide:
That troublemaker galloping in again. I had a VERY good look at him yesterday and he is NOT a gelding after all. I think we know what next year's foals are going to look like.
The horrible Fernworthy Forest looking rather sculptural beyond the Longstone.
A lovely Large Red Damselfly:
And back home, as I was pottering in the kitchen, I saw something yellowy green flash across the garden in my peripheral vision. I'm pretty sure it's a juvenile Siskin. Very exciting as I've never seen one in the five years we've been up here. One of my favourite birds.
Unfortunately, it remained hidden behind the feeder but I caught a glimpse of its open mouth as it tried to get first a Sparrow and then a Chaffinch to feed it. I really hope it comes back and perhaps I might get a decent shot of it!
At last we have stuff to eat from the garden; it's been two years since our last crop thanks to last year's disastrous weather.
The dry shade border is looking okay at last:
A TINY Blue Tit:
Yesterday evening, the late evening light looked gorgeous, casting shadows on the wall around this mirror:
A strange day of sultry heat under dark grey skies which have now cleared. I wore my sandals for only the third day this year - yippee. Until next time, here's that dog in need of a beardy trim. The moor is at last beginning to look green.....ish.