The sun began to poke through the pall of clouds and the heavy scent of oil-seed rape filled the air as I settled down to photograph early purple orchids in Roxton Woods this afternoon. It had been a grey cool start to the day, but gradually temperatures climbed and I had sat in front of the computer, working, for long enough. I had to do some food shopping anyway, so decided to go via Roxton Woods, near Keelby in Lincolnshire. I was fairly sure that the orchids would be there and in prime condition, which they were, but my heart was in my mouth when I arrived as some serious tree felling had taken place. I needed have worried, however, as there they were in the same spot I found then over 40 years ago. I think of that as a success for nature. I moved to Immingham as a young teacher without transport in 1972 and used to walk out to Roxton Woods birdwatching and found them then; how wonderful they are still there.
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