When not going to places where I know I'll encounter history, wildlife, landscapes or human celebrations of note, I also like to walk from my back door and explore the network of footpaths around my home. These lead me along field edges, through woods, beside streams and to a few small nature reserves. Although I walk alone I often meet with old friends, many of whom I haven't seen since this time last year. It's always good to see them, even if I sometimes can't recall their names and have to look them up in a book when I get home.
No problem with these though. Cow Parsley and Buttercups!
A Common Blue butterfly, if I'm not mistaken.
The first Dog Rose I've seen this year.
And some of the first Elder I've seen flowering.
A Four-Spotted Chaser, I presume.
The unmistakable flowers of the Guelder Rose.
A large, red damselfly?
Must be a Large Red Damselfly!
A grown-up Moorhen
and a baby bunny.
I wouldn't recommend sitting right on the path,
my dear Speckled Wood.
Afloat on the little stream I find
none other than Water Crowfoot.
And a Yellow Flag to wave farewell