Thursday, 29 December 2016

2016 Round-up Part 3

May came around and gave us more Bluebells.
We saw a beautiful Rat at Straw's Bridge...
and a spectacular Mandarin at Mapperley Reservoir.
By mid May, the Cherry blossom was out...
and the Rhododendrons were not far behind them, adding their over-the-top style to the woodland on Shipley Hill.

Towards the end of May, we were off once again to Switzerland and stayed in the wonderful little village of Spiez. From our hotel we had a great view of Niesen.
The views from the top of Niesen, were even better with the Eiger, Mönch and the Jungfrau dominating the scene.
Lake Thun was stunning...
and Interlaken gave us an even more spectacular view of the Jungfrau.
The city of Thun provided some historical culture.
Back home again and the Summer started off with a blaze of floral colour with Yellow Flag Iris...
Bee Orchids...
and drifts of Southern Marsh Orchids.
The Azaleas didn't want to be left out either.
The bugs were out too and our walks were once again blighted by the biting of Cleg Flies. Nasty little things, but what beautiful eyes they have!
Lots more to come tomorrow.
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