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Rain walk

04 Aug

I had planned a long walk for today after church but just before we set out I nipped into the garden for a few flower shots… this is one of the lilies on my pond…

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And there were are some hover flies around a flower. I’m not hot on names of flowers, so comment if you know the name of this one….

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Then the rain came down, so instead of venturing out I had a siesta.  When I woke from my Sunday slumbers the weather forecast said it would be sunny for the rest of the afternoon, the clouds threatened otherwise, but I decided to risk it.  Buddy and I headed past the gardens…. spotting a Red Admiral (but I was too slow to snap a photo) and a Comma on route…

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There were some brilliant yellow flowers covered with bumble bees….

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And then as we reached the fields it started to spit with rain.  Sheltering near the hedgerow I spotted yet another Comma, on the thistles this time.

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Some bees…

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And then the heavens opened!  Thank God for trees!  Buddy and I ran for cover and sheltered under this sycamore tree, waiting for the clouds to pass.

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The rain seemed to bring out new creatures, like snails…..

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And slugs……

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But the treat of the day had to be this beetle.

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I was amazed to find out that one fifth of the 1.5 million species on earth are beetles.  How come I have not seen them before on my walks…. am I not looking carefully enough? They range in size from less than a millimeter to over six inches.

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This is a type of longhorn beetle. Can anyone shed light on the species?  I understand there are about 60 species of longhorn beetles in the UK and this is the first time I have ever seen one!

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Next was a ringlet….

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Then as I headed home I heard a noise in the trees and just turned round in time to spot a robin…

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Then it was down past the field

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and home. Praise God for the wonders of nature!

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Posted by on August 4, 2013 in Bird, Flowers, Insects

 

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