The British Summer, according to the old adage, consists of 'three fine days and a thunderstorm'. That particular bit of optimistic, sage wisdom, seemed to have been proven over the past few days as the heat gave way to yesterday's heavy rain, lightning and thunder. But, as we had to make a trip to Norfolk to take my mother back home after her holiday, it didn't matter much.
With the sunnier days, the buttercups in the fields are looking particularly good. This field near West Hallam village, is a fine example. They are so numerous, they look more like a field of Rape Seed, but Buttercups they are....
Delichon urbicum) flying in to the edge of a flooded field, to gather fresh mud for building or repairing their nests. It took some time to get a shot of these very shy birds and I only then manged it from a good distance away. These tiny birds have an energetic life, migrating several thousand miles to Britain from sub-Saharan Africa each year in order to breed, before returning in late Summer or Early Autumn - not a bad feat for something weighing only about half an ounce.
Andrena flavipes). Very busy as a bee should be, it was taking no notice of my prying lens.
Philaenus spumarius) living within it. In this picture, it is just possible to see the greenish colour of the nymph within the froth attached to the leaves of our Lavender plant.