Whitstone Corner

I have been on the look out for fields of Oxeye Daises around Somerset.  So far this has not been successful instead I found a couple of truly magical roundabouts.

Despite being very busy with traffic I could not miss a couple of magic roundabouts on the A371.

Oxeye Daisies - Whitstone Corner, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 822_0493

Oxeye Daisies – Whitstone Corner, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 822_0493

Round Meadows

Its amazing, but this meadow at Anchor Hill is perfectly round and in the middle of the road.

Oxeye Daisies - Anchor Hill roundabout, Wincanton, Somerset, UK. ID 822_0165

Oxeye Daisies – Anchor Hill roundabout, Wincanton, Somerset, UK. ID 822_0165

Meadows on national nature reserves do not get any more beautiful than this.  Quite a distraction for motorists!

Two days later the meadow was gone – cut down by the council.  I guess it helps if you see other cars already on the roundabout.

Whitestone Corner

The unassuming neighbour to the famous sheep roundabout in Shepton Mallet this corner of Somerset could not be ignored this year.

Oxeye Daisies - Whitstone Corner, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 822_0301

Oxeye Daisies – Whitstone Corner, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 822_0301

When taking photographs next to a road I always wear a high visibility jacket.  Even so, it was too busy to risk going out onto the roundabout itself.  Instead, I settled for the verges – much safer and separated by a cycle path from the main road.

Oxeye Daisies - Whitstone Corner, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 822_0296

Oxeye Daisies – Whitstone Corner, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 822_0296

Bees

The flower heads were covered in bees which were very happy to pose for the camera.

Oxeye Daisies - Whitstone Corner, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 822_0440

Oxeye Daisies – Whitstone Corner, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 822_0440

Oxeye Daisies - Whitstone Corner, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 822_0396

Oxeye Daisies – Whitstone Corner, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 822_0396

Beetles

This slim-legged female Swollen-thighed Beetle (Oedema nobles) was my favourite.

Oxeye Daisies - Whitstone Corner, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 822_0328

Oxeye Daisies – Whitstone Corner, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. ID 822_0328

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