Our morning walk from Linford Bottom includes some wildlife spotting and from Abbotswell, the inevitable sunset considering the weather. Alright, I admit I went there purposefully for a different perspective on the sunset because the amount of cirrus and cirrostratus clouds meant there was highly likely to be a very pretty display.
Harry contemplates one of the deep pools in Linford Brook as we set out from the car park.
Spring is advancing quickly and the Wood Anenomes are coming out under the trees, shining white amongst the leaf litter.
I’m not often lucky with butterflies staying still to be photographed, but this Speckled Wood Butterfly (Pararge Aegeria) was very obliging. I didn’t know what he was at first, but I got an identification in minutes thanks to the wonderful community at ispot.org.uk, where you can post pictures of any type of flora or fauna and people will help you with their knowledge and expertise.
On leaving the Great Linford Inclosure, proudly clutching what I’m hoping is my first good photo of a butterfly, I spot this chap on the heathland – head reared at nothing at all. I was walking with a couple I’d met for a few minutes who were looking for somewhere to walk where they might spot some deer and so I was showing them where to try. We stopped to take photos of the adder and he too obligingly stayed very still for a few minutes while we snapped away and then slithered off into the undergrowth alongside the Inclosure.
Thank goodness for zoom, I wouldn’t want to get this close to an adder for real!
Showing a little more of the adders lovely colouring. The last few adders I’ve seen have been either brown or black, so it was great to see such a beautifully coloured individual.
Heading back along the Linford Brook, this is one of the of the fords, the blackthorn blossom is positively frothing. It’s going to be a good year for sloe gin!
Off to park at Abbotswell car park in the afternoon with the intent of walking around Hyde Common, down into Ogdens and then back up Windmill Hill to catch the sun going down over the pond by the car park.
A clump of pine trees on Hyde Common, there is a bench in the middle of them making a very pleasant and cool place to sit on a warm day.
Down by the Latchmore Brook now and looking across Hasley Hole to the Hasley Inclosure on the skyline.
To the right, up the hill to the pine trees at the other end of the Inclosure.
A little further on I turn back to photograph the birch tree in the photo before last silhouetted by the lowering sun.
I cross the Latchmore Brook where it meanders through the bottom. Latchmore is one of the few streams in the Forest that very rarely dries up, it’s a testament to the dry weather we’ve had over the past weeks that already the stream is much lower than usual, I can even cross this dry shod in trainers!
Harry has other ideas and has gone over to the deeper water hoping that I’ll chuck something in for him.
Zooming in, with Slodens behind him, Harry has decided to lie down despite the fact that I’m walking in the opposite direction.
Looking back over the brook to the hills in front of Hasley Inclosure known as Great Witch and Little Witch.
As I head up towards Windmill Pond, the sun is low enough to produce sundogs either side, a little small in this photo, but definately there.
Zooming in on the right hand sundog.
The setting sun in Abbotswell Pond. I can’t linger for the full sunset, but this is nearly what I was hoping for.
Harry’s in the water again! He needed it this time, he was filthy 🙂
Driving home, I see a bit more of what I’m about to miss. I do believe I even see a bit of a sun pillar there!