I’ve visited Longwood, near Cheddar, a couple of times this week to see the bluebells. Each time, I got there walking along the drove through Black Rock. You can forgive people for ignoring this drove. However, Black Rock is a beautiful reserve in its own right with woodland, limestone grassland and an abandoned quarry.
On my visits the weather was not at its best for landscape but was perfect for butterflies.
Butterflies were everywhere at Black Rock including: orange-tip, brimstone, green-veined whites, holly blues and even some dingy skippers. To my disappointment the skippers escaped my camera as I chased after them on the steep hillside. Down in the dappled shade of the main drove it was a different story for orange-tip and green-veined white butterflies were happy to pose for a few pictures.
Of course, the orange-tip was my favourite.
Butterflies look good on wild garlic – much better than on bluebells.
The orange-tips can easily get confused with green-veined whites.
As always I do like a backlit image.
Their eyes look great in blue.
Where are still wood anemones out in Black Rock.
Did you notice the couple of pictures with cuckoo flowers. I took these many years ago but thought they would look good in the blog with the new pictures.