The Adder #2.…

 

My second trip to Allerthorpe proved to be just about as fruitful as the first, with only one Adder being spotted. However the Adder was a lot more obliging this time, allowing me to get more shots and some up-in-its-face macro stuff! Still didn’t manage the shots I had imagined though as the snake was on top of a large pile of brash, which meant that I couldn’t lean in too close without the risk of falling onto it. Never mind though, all it means is that I will have to go back another day and have another try!

 

 

 

Adder - Vipera berus

Adder - Vipera berus

 

 

  

 
Adder - Vipera berus

Adder - Vipera berusAdder -Vipera berus

 
Adder -Vipera berus

Adder -Vipera berus

 
There are quite a few Common-spotted Orchids along the woodland edge that leads to the common. I spotted the basel leaves coming through on my last visit. This time they were in full flower and looking particularly impressive. I‘m no expert when it comes to orchids but these are like none I have seen before. They are a gorgeous lilac colour, paler than other Common-spotted that I have seen. Maybe they are a varient or sub-species…. I need to ask an expert!
Common Spotted Orchid - Dactylorhiza fuchsii

Common Spotted Orchid - Dactylorhiza fuchsii

 
On the way back I stopped to photograph this bridge. It seemed really steep at the time and pretty unusual. I’m not sure if that comes across in the photo, but I like it anyway. 

 bridge near allerthorpe

Next stop was Fairburn Ings. Just for a quick coffee and a walk around the boardwalk. Grabbed a few shots of a small fly feeding on an umbel lifer. Its only about 8mm long and its absolutely covered in pollen, a great illustration of the birds and the bees!

Dance-fly - Epis tessellata

Dance-fly - Epis tessellata

Meadow Cranesbill growing near the path at Fairburn. 
Meadow Cranesbill - Geranium pratense

Meadow Cranesbill - Geranium pratense

A Kingfisher was also showing well at Fairburn. This was right under my nose and didn’t seem to be bothered about me standing there. It carried on preening and fishing just a few feet away. I couldn’t get a good line on the bird as it was obscured by grass and leaves, but the result is a rather diffused, washed out image that has a somewhat abstract feel to it. I really like it. 
Kingfisher - Alcedo atthis

Kingfisher - Alcedo atthis

 

 

 

 

 

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~ by nwgphotography on June 15, 2009.

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