A very common and persistent garden weed. In the upper picture the flowers are still buds; the lower is of flowers which are beginning to open.
Pattingham is just about visible on the skyline.
Also known as the hedge brown, this is Britain’s commonest butterfly.
These individuals, on the Saltwells LNR in Brierley Hill, were unusually cooperative.
The view looking towards the Wrekin (above) was taken in Bradley, Staffordshire. The corn field below was just outside Badger, Shropshire. Titterstone Clee and Brown Clee are just about visible on larger versions of the photo (click on picture to go to Flickr for these larger versions).
Just a small sampling of the variation in form of the seed-heads of different grasses.
Young newt, still looking more fish than amphibian. Pictured just over a month ago.
The conditions meant the funnel in this web showed clearly.
The pair of swans nesting on Swan Pool in Sandwell Valley have half a dozen cygnets this year, now well grown.
From the Conservatory at West Park.
The ants from this nest were rushing around in a frenzy because the nest had been disturbed, exposing the ants eggs – towards the right of the picture.
Canada geese grazing by the side-arm canal in the Bumble Hole LNR.
This series of pictures was taken by the canal basin in the Bumble Hole LNR.
First one magpie, then its mate, took up position by the entrance to the basin.
The knew I was there, but were unconcerned because they were on the other side of the canal.
They came a little closer as they moved down to water level, so that first one and then the other could drink some water.