Another very warm day today, so we set out a little earlier than normal, before things got too hot, for a walk around Mapperley Reservoir. Doing our best to avoid running in to the Hornet (Vespa crabro) which we encountered last time we ventured round the reservoir, we were rewarded with some beautiful view across the water on this still and warm morning.
Acorus calamus). Their odd-looking flower spikes sticking out from the stems amid the grassy leaves are easy to overlook.
Heracleum sphondylium) caught my eye. These stately plants are getting so tall in some places, that their flowers can be viewed from beneath and make a wonderful show against the blue sky.