Rainbow formed as the low angle of early evening sunlight shone through the web of a garden cross spider.
Jay on the ground under an oak tree at Wightwick Manor, hunting acorns. The Heritage Open Days held every year in September give the chance to visit the site without the usual entrance charge. The gardens and grounds are so extensive that it’s possible to find undisturbed spots away from the crowds where the wildlife is still showing itself unconcerned.
Patch of yarrow with pink flowers, rather than the more usual white, on the slopes of the Malvern Hills.
Southern hawker dragonfly flashing by, patrolling its territory along a stretch of the canal and the canalside vegetation at Compton.
Garden cross spiders are quite noticable, one of the largest spiders in Britain, quite common through the summer and autumn. The orb webs the females build can be large – and easy to spot when covered in droplets of early morning dew. The pictures are of one which has caught a fly in its web, and is now wrapping it in silken threads to be a later meal.
Heron standing on a willow on the edge of island in West Park lake, twisting its neck as it preened.
What can be spotted by keeping half an eye on front gardens while walking down a residential street. Here a large clump of Michaelmas daisies which had attracted one tortoiseshell butterfly collecting pollen.
Two common darter dragonflies, one female, the other male, resting on the handrail of the footbridge across the pool at Compton Park.
Virginia creeper, turning to autumn colours. This one growing up the wall of the former lock-keepers cottage at Wightwick Lock.
Meal for two: a couple of tortoiseshell butterflies close together, feeding on the last flowers of a garden buddleia.
Heavy harvest of ripening haws, in many hedgerows at the moment before birds eat them.
Ripening cones dangling from a conifer by the West Park bandstand