Biddle Combe in Spring

Biddle Combe

Biddle Combe

On a beautiful spring day I headed up Biddle Combe on the edge of Wells in Somerset.  After recent bad weather there was plenty of water in the stream.  This sudden change in weather has caused the leaves in the trees to open and flowers to bloom in abundance – all at once!

Cuckoo Flowers

I did not hear any cuckoo birds calling but along the sides of the stream were lots of Cuckoo flowers (Cardamon pratensis).

Cuckoo flowers in Biddle Combe

Cuckoo flowers in Biddle Combe

I love their delicate soft colours.

Cuckoo flowers in Biddle Combe

Cuckoo flowers in Biddle Combe

Along came one of my favourite insects – a bee fly.   Not sure which species but they are all a joy to watch as they busy around from flower to flower.

Cuckoo flowers and Bee fly in Biddle Combe

Cuckoo flowers and Bee fly in Biddle Combe

The only way to photograph a bee fly is to predict which flower they will go to next and get the camera focused ready.

Bee fly in Biddle Combe

Bee fly in Biddle Combe

My macro lens is old and focus getting slower and slower.  It was quite a task getting a good picture – this was the best I could get today.

Wood Anemones

These are the stars of spring in woodland.  They cover the woodland floor like a mini-constellation.

Wood Anemones in Biddle Combe

Wood Anemones in Biddle Combe

Wood Anemones in Biddle Combe

Wood Anemones in Biddle Combe

And Finally…

Of course the English favourite is the bluebell.  Biddle Combe’s seem to be getting better every year.

Bluebells in Biddle Combe

Bluebells in Biddle Combe

Bluebells in Biddle Combe

Bluebells in Biddle Combe

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