Lynchcombe Steps

Cooks Fields - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR57115

Cooks Fields – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR57115

Lynchcombe in September

Autumn thistles - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR56051

Autumn thistles – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR56051

To me the highlight was the fabulous sunset we had over the Autumn Equinox.

Autumn Equinox - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR57509

Autumn Equinox – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR57509

The side gate into Cook’s Fields that leads to the grass path down to village of Westbury-sub-Mendip was the perfect spot for an evening watching the sun set.

Autumn Equinox - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR57352

Autumn Equinox – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR57352

Lynchcombe boundaries are made of dry-stone walls.

Lynchcombe Wall - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR57160

Lynchcombe Wall – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR57160

The golden autumn light shows these at their very best.

Dry-stone Wall - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR57163

Dry-stone Wall – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR57163

And the views over the Somerset Levels were spectacular as always.

Axe Valley - From Cooks Fields, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR57117

Axe Valley – From Cooks Fields, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR57117

Looking closer, the bright red hawthorn berries and ivy flowers are abundant across the reserve.

Hawthorn Berries and Ivy Flowers - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_7574

Hawthorn Berries and Ivy Flowers – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID 825_7574

The berries found an unexpected admirer.

Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus) on Hawthorn - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR56083

Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus) on Hawthorn – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR56083

… while the ivy nectar remains very popular.

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR56278

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR56278

The common darter dragonfly is also abundant.  Hazel leaves seeming to be one of their favourite perches.

Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR56198

Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR56198

Matching the colour of the autumn bracken the small copper butterflies made a late summer flourish.

Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID BR55687

Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID BR55687

As did the much larger red admiral butterflies who loved the brambles.

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR57899

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR57899

This year there was a bumper crop of blackberries.

Blackberries - Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID IMB_5578

Blackberries – Lynchcombe, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID IMB_5578

… and sloes for your gin!

Sloe Berries - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_6062

Sloe Berries – Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_6062

And finally…

I could not resist another sunset.  This time from the lookout lower down the combe.

Lynchcombe Sunset from The Lookout - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR58137

Lynchcombe Sunset from The Lookout – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR58137

A low bank of cloud killed the chances or deep colours, but still another beautiful Mendip evening.

Lynchcombe Evening from The Lookout - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR58113

Lynchcombe Evening from The Lookout – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR58113

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