After days of bitterly cold, windy, and at times very wet weather, it was a joy to feel some heat and to see the sun lighting up a meadow full of buttercups and shining its rays through the petals of wild poppies.
|The reserve with SWT mere in foreground and English Heritage castle behind|
|The first songster was a Chaffinch|
|The trail was well-marked with these signs|
|It was lovely to see an English meadow with buttercups|
|castle - and church in the village|
|Quintessential summer scene ...|
|... and another|
|The willows were alive with the sound ... of warbling|
|I think these may be Leaf Beetles and their eggs ...|
|Perhaps a Snipe Fly, but not sure ... (one for iSpot?)|
|A rather bedraggled Peacock butterfly|
|Just one duckling (left?) ...|
|... but so cute!|
|The duckling led the way and the female Mallard followed|
|Lovely to see Damselflies|
|Blue, beautiful blue ...|
|Mating time for Damselflies|
|A blue butterfly perched in the mud ...|
|I think it was a Holly Blue.|
|We reached the impressive walls of Framlingham Castle in which, according to the plaque ...|
Given these royal connections, it is not surprising perhaps to see that a new book of poetry and prose from Framlingham is being launched for the Queen's 90th Birthday.
I am attempting to collect data for the Garden Bioblitz (as advertised on BBC Springwatch), which is why my captions in this post are rather brief. There is still just time (as of 22.15 on 4 June 2016, UK) for you to join in the Bioblitz, too!