Tagged: Somerset

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...

Approaching Storm - Deerleap, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_4877

Storm Crows

Recently I have been popping up to Deerleap for an evening stroll.  Something I started during the lockdowns as my daily exercise from home. Today, I did not realise that a thunder storm was...

Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus) - Cooks Fields, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID BR50048

Cooks Fields

The Cook’s Fields nature reserve overlooks the Somerset village of Westbury-sub-Mendip.  On a clear day you can see for miles across to Glastonbury Tor and the Somerset Levels. Today, after enjoying the views, I...

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...

Summer Sunset - Bagley, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_3727

Back to Bagley

Return to my favourite field to capture the sunset in mid-summer.  First, as you can see, I had fun doing long overhead panoramas. The field was covered in flying bugs. But these were easy...

Market St - From St Cuthberts Church, Wells, Somerset, UK> ID BR58347

Rooftop Wells

St Cuthbert’s in Wells has been opening its doors, letting visitors view England’s smallest city from the top of its tower. My favourite fish and chip shop is down there. Almshouses, once called poorhouses,...

Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator) - Bagley, Nr Wedmore, Somerset, UK. ID BR57678

Back to Bagley

I came across beautiful field in Bagley while out on by bicycle looking for dandelions earlier in the year.  Cycling is a great way to see the landscape, you are high enough to peer...

Buttercup Meadow - Rattling Bow, Nr Wedmore, Somerset, UK. ID BR57501

Buttercups

The last couple of springs the Somerset Levels have been a sea of yellow buttercups. Barrow Hill, at Panborough, is one of my favourite hills.  This is all down to that tree growing out...