Tagged: Grassland

Autumn Ladys-tresses (Spiranthes spiralis) - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR55556

Autumn Lady’s-tresses

Towards the end of August I start to look out for this little orchid growing in the short grassland high up on the Mendip Hills. Their name comes from their tiny flowers spiralling around...

Somerset Mist - From Rookham, above Wells, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR54830

Somerset Mists

Autumn is the time of morning mists.  The Somerset Levels must be one of the best places in the UK to mist watch. The low morning sun brings out the texture of the grassland,...

Cow Parsley Seed Heads Silhouette - Queens Sedge Moor, Nr Glastonbury, Somerset, UK. ID BR54695

Early Morning Necklaces

Misty morning down on the Somerset Levels near Glastonbury. Across the moor the cobwebs caught the morning dew.  Creating early morning necklaces. Science Bit Pearly drops of water on these silken threads is something we...

Large Blue (Phengaris arion) - Collard Hill, Nr Street, Somerset, UK. ID BR59460

Collard Hill

My annual trip to the National Trust’s Collards Hill nature reserve to photograph the extremely rare large blue butterfly.  I did not know what to expect as the trust had not been running their...

Yarley Fields - Somerset, UK. ID B011679

Yarley Frost

Welcome to Yarley Fields on a cold spring morning. This Somerset Wildlife Trust nature reserve looks south over the Somerset Levels towards Glastonbury Tor. The reserve is covered in ant hills, between which the...

Lynchcombe Sunrise - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_1706H

Lynchcombe Sunrise

Another Sunrise I pitched up in a corner of Cook’s Fields, next to the Lynchcombe sycamore trees, and overlooking the Deerleap field.  The steep southern edge of the Mendip Hills actually faces south west....

Sunrise - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_0513H

Lynchcombe Steps

Winter Solstice I missed my usual trip to the top of Glastonbury Tor for the winter solstice this December.  Instead, this year I went to the top of Lynchcombe.  The sunrise was worth the...

Mendip Night - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_8525P

Lynchcombe Steps

Autumn at the Lynchcombe nature reserve on the southern slopes of the Mendip Hills.  With leaves turning gold, deep shadows, morning mists, and brightly coloured fungi in the fields – autumn is a perfect...

Sycamores at first light - Lynchcombe, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_7621

Lynchcombe Steps

Lynchet These terraces, called lynchetts, are the signs of ancient field workings.  According to the Wikipedia: The traditional theory on the formation of lynchets is that they may form naturally on the downslope of...

Fist snow of the year - Cooks Fields, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_4813

First Snow

The First Snow We recently had snow for the first time this year.  We did have some last October, not very much but with the autumn colours out it was pretty photogenic.  I did...