Wood anemones flowering

Wood anemone flowers with small honey bee

Woodland flowers bloom early in the year, before the leaves on the trees cut down the light falling on to the ground. A small honey bee (top picture) was taking advantage of these wood anemones, one of the few sources of nectar in mid-March.

Wood anemones flowering

Foxglove leaves

Foxglove with a fallen ivy leaf

Plants showing this year’s growth by the towpath of the Staffs and Worcs canal. In the top picture a varicoloured ivy leaf has landed on the foxglove.

Foxglove

Foxglove

Holy Austin Rock houses

Holy Austin rock houses

Carved into the sandstone at the top edge of Kinver, these houses had people living in them as recently as the 1950s.

Holy Austin rock houses

The complex, on two levels, is now owned by the National Trust.

Holy Austin rock houses

Dock leaves

Dock leaves

The new year’s growth on a dock plant. Many dock leaves have the characteristic marking of red-rimmed flecks: another viral infection?