It was time to spend some quality time on the Lynchcombe nature reserve on the edge of the Mendip Hills. As a volunteer warden I was checking on the condition of the reserve for the Somerset Wildlife Trust, and walking the Butterfly Transect.
At last we are getting some good spring weather, bringing out the flowers and butterflies.
A few bluebells venture out into the open grassland.
And there are still a few cowslips about.
Lying down photographing those flowers I caught a quick glimpse of this Roe Deer. Amazingly my old macro lens managed to shift focus quickly enough to grab a few pictures.
Holly and Common Blue butterflies were out in numbers across the reserve.
As always Lynchcombe has some of the best views in Somerset, in England or anywhere come to that.
A few years ago I did a series of pictures of this tree over a full year. Today surrounded by buttercups under a blue sky it was looking particularly good. Never take trees like this for granted. It will be gone sooner than you think.