|A friendly face|
The landscape is very flat and rather reminiscent, I always feel, of a Kuyp painting.
After the long cold winter it has been a joy to see the trees coming into leaf. It was also a thrill to hear a Cuckoo calling.
A number of watercourses cross the terrain. We saw a rare Fen Raft Spider in one of them last year. On this occasion there were water beetles to watch - and David saw a Grass Snake.
I failed to see it, so I have re-posted my two Carlton Marshes Grass Snake pictures from 2017. The top one highlights the very distinctive collar markings.
There is something wonderful about walking along a reedbed ...
There were one or two Reedmace heads ...
As I scanned the stalks, my eyes caught the iridescence of this copper-coloured beetle ...
I thought at first it was some kind of Cardinal or Soldier Beetle, but I think it may well be a Reed Beetle, though I see there are several varieties.
|What a gem!|
We noticed a few St Mark's Flies in the air, with the distinctive limb hanging down. I suspect the insect below may be a female one. Males have large heads.
There were star-studded bursts of Greater Stitchwort along the track ...
Umbellifers were coming into flower ...
There is something very tranquil about a watercourse under a wide sky!
The tracks are very varied. Some are smoother than others but there are few undulations.
The reserve at Carlton Marshes is about to become a much larger space for wildlife. The staff at Suffolk Wildlife Trust are embarking on a huge project which you can read about here.
What remarkable weather for a Bank Holiday!