Its Saturday and time for a morning walk around How Hill , this is a skeleton mill called Boardmans Mill , built in 1897 . this one has now been renovated since we where last here :)
Looks fabulous in the sunshine :)
Walking upstream , i am looking back to Boardmans in this image as we head towards another windpump.
A view of the beautiful thatched house on the How Hill estate near the car park :)
Time to go to Strumpshaw fen now to see if i can find any Swallowtails in the early afternoon sunshine , its blowing a gale so i doubt any will be flying.
My first Dragon shot this year :) a male Hairy dragonfly, taken along the railway line that borders the Fen, after ages walking around , no sign of a Swallowtail, but as i get back to the car one flys overhead Arghhhh
I give up , not going to find any so back to the van for dinner and the an evening swim for the Mutts!
Back to the beach now , its really warm and the Terrible twosome need a cooling off lol
Come on Hurry up ..........
its a beautiful evening on the beach , still warm sunny and they are happy :)
Lovely early evening sun , great to be on the beach :)
Its early afternoon Sunday , as we came over the dunes this morning from walking the dogs i noticed loads of Painted Ladies that have just come over from Europe helped by the strong winds, they are feeding on the red valerian on the sheltered side of the dunes.
i love the yellow tree lupins , they are everywhere but have only noticed bumble bees feeding on the bright yellow flowers.
I have put on my long 100-400mm lens with an added 12mm extension tube to allow closer focusing. there is a fence preventing me getting close to the flowers, so will have to shoot from 4ft minimum.
While shooting this Painted Lady a Hummingbird Hawk moth buzzes in to feed Yay! as i look around , another 3 or 4 are flying fast in between the flowers feeding sporadically.
I rarely see these back home , so spend ages watching and trying to shoot them while hovering .
They are staying at least 4- 5 ft away , so i have to crop a fair bit for these pics ... all are shot with manual focus on canon 5d mk2 with 100-400mm L +12mm extension tube.
There are quite a few Wall brown butterflies flitting around but not settling unfortunately , so i will concentrate on the Hummers :)
A nicely lit Painted Lady
Eventually i have noticed one coming to feed on a clump near the fence, so manage to shoot filling more of the frame :)
We have had a day of rest in the sun, but enjoyable non the less , and i had a wonderful couple hours watching the Hummingbird hawk moths and butterflies .