Merry Christmas

Another great year in Somerset.  Not much snow but a host of beautiful colours, mists and sunsets marking the seasons.

January

The year started with the starlings roosting in the far western end of Shapwick and Westhay Heaths.

Starling descend around the trees - Westhay Heath, Somerset, UK. ID 805_4558

Starling descend around the trees – Westhay Heath, Somerset, UK. ID 805_4558

February

Saw flooding across the Somerset Levels.

Flooding on Somerset Levels - Godney, Somerset, UK. ID 805_6348

Flooding on Somerset Levels – Godney, Somerset, UK. ID 805_6348

No snow this winter but a deep frost at Priddy Mineries created a winter wonderland in miniature.

Frost - Priddy Mineries, Somerset, UK. ID 805_7146

Frost – Priddy Mineries, Somerset, UK. ID 805_7146

March

Spring solstice at Bratton Seymour in South Somerset.

St Nicholas Church in Spring - Bratton Seymour, Somerset, England. ID 805_8378

St Nicholas Church in Spring – Bratton Seymour, Somerset, England. ID 805_8378

April

Cowslips had a bumper year such as here in the middle of a busy roundabout at Shepton Mallet.

Cowslips (Primula veris) - Cannards Grave, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 806_9971

Cowslips (Primula veris) – Cannards Grave, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 806_9971

Perfect reflections in Waldegrave Pool high on the Mendip Hills.

Waldegrave Pond Upside Down - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 807_1568

Waldegrave Pond Upside Down – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 807_1568

May

Spring mists and flowers across the Somerset Levels.

Glastonbury Tor in the morning mist - Queens Sedge Moor, Glastonbury, Somerset, UK. ID 807_5053

Glastonbury Tor in the morning mist – Queens Sedge Moor, Glastonbury, Somerset, UK. ID 807_5053

June

The fields around Castle Cary are full of poppies.

Red Poppies - Nr Castle Cary, Somerset, UK. ID 807_6005

Red Poppies – Nr Castle Cary, Somerset, UK. ID 807_6005

July

It was a great year for the marbled-white butterfly.

Marbled White (Melanargia calathea) - Ebford Meadows, Somerset, UK. ID 807_7898

Marbled White (Melanargia calathea) – Ebford Meadows, Somerset, UK. ID 807_7898

September

The autumn solstice at West Pennard.

West Pennard and Glastonbury Tor - Somerset, UK. ID 808_0183

West Pennard and Glastonbury Tor – Somerset, UK. ID 808_0183

October

Autumn approaches at Lynchcombe.

Lynchcombe - Somerset, UK. ID 808_0344

Lynchcombe – Somerset, UK. ID 808_0344

Beacon Hill Woods are magical in the mist.

Beacon Hill Wood - Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 808_1267

Beacon Hill Wood – Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 808_1267

November

The mist season such as here at Greens Combe near Bruton.

Dawn over Greens Combe to King Alfreds Tower - Bruton, Somerset, UK. ID 808_1482

Dawn over Greens Combe to King Alfreds Tower – Bruton, Somerset, UK. ID 808_1482

The autumn colours were the best for years.

Golden Leaves - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 808_2084

Golden Leaves – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 808_2084

December

Back to Ham Wall for the sunsets and starlings.

Rising out of reedbed - Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 808_4293

Rising out of reedbed – Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 808_4293

A sky full of starlings leaving the roost for a day in the countryside across Somerset.

The Second Wave of Starlings - Waltons West, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 808_7687

The Second Wave of Starlings – Waltons West, Ham Wall, Somerset, UK. ID 808_7687

Merry Christmas.

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