Today I decided to photograph the contents of a stretch of Devon hedge bank on the way into town. It's about two miles from home and at least 150m lower (I completely made that figure up), so diversity is much greater. Much as I love the (not so) new camera for its zoom, the macro function is not a patch on my other two Fuji's. It's a bit much to ask the same lens to do both, so I'm probably going to start carrying my little pocket one for close up shots. It never let me down. The only problem is, the card reader for it is not compatible with the new laptop, so I have to download onto the old one which takes twenty minutes to fire up properly and then transfer them via a memory stick. Computers.....grrrr. So, here goes....all three varieties of Vetch refused to be photographed and there were ferns, Hogweed in leaf and many others, but I was getting funny looks from passing motorists; all two of them.
Bluebell (with a bit of Red Campion on the side)
A Cranesbill of some sort that I can't identify....possibly a garden escapee unless someone knows better?
Dodgy picture of Bugle
Early Purple Orchid on top of the bank
Early Purple Orchid nearer the ground, suffering a bit from being so close to the road
Speedwell....Germander I think
How lucky we are to have so many beautiful wild flowers in this country, and this just a fraction of them by a road. This is what lies behind the bank by the way:
Two Wagtails are breeding here and every time I drive over the little bridge over the stream, they flit across the road in front of the car. They are either Grey or Yellow Wagtails but, because of their speed, I can't tell which!
Talking of birds, I managed to get two pretty good pictures of a male Stonechat a few days ago:
It's been a great week with Origami Boy seeing lots of his friends and we're both shattered! Until next time, when normal transmission should be restored, here's Snippet on top of Kestor on Thursday. Have a lovely Sunday.