A heron stands on an alder, scanning one of the pools at Himley Hall for possible prey.
At the bottom right an electric blue damsel fly skims the water – click the picture to go to the Flikr version, where the damsel fly can just about be made out on the largest size.
This beautiful flower is a plant of damp meadows, here in a break in the woods in Baggeridge Park.
These flag irises were a small part of the healthy crop at the edge of the upper pool in Baggeridge Park.
In early June the wild roses were blooming.
Sorrel is yet another wild plant with a culinary use: this time in soups, though once again this is something I haven’t tried.
This grass flower looks soft against the trunk of the tree behind.
Isolated, another stalk and flower looks even more vulnerable.
This buttercup is part way through the process of opening one morning.
This umbillifer is almost finished flowering, and is beginning to set seed.
Here the growing tip of a nettle shows the complexity of the structure.
Determined to grow, even out of this drain cover.
Look on the margins of streams and pools for these.
Wild garlic prefers shady, often woodland, spots to grow. Especially during the flowering season they can be found and identified through the pungent smell, which can get strong with a big patch of the plants on a warm, sunny day.