An Excellent Morning with Butterflies on the Patch
It being my birthday today, I was very keen to open a 'mystery' parcel that had been delivered a few days previously. It was an exciting new piece of kit; not a camera, or a lens but a cotton carrier. A cotton carrier is a harness for carrying a camera on the chest a little like a front-loading baby carrier. All the weight is taken on the shoulders and the camera is held securely. I was keen to try it out so a walk around the Horsefield and Woodland Burial Ground seemed the obvious choice. I have to say I am delighted with it; what a fantastic piece of kit.
I was also keen to see if an small skippers had emerged yet. I see and photograph them there most years but sadly they had still not appeared on the patch. This didn't detract from a super walk, however. There is always a good deal to see and photograph. Ringlets are now more plentiful and I saw a few six spot burnet moths as well as a pair of meadow browns mating.
As I was leaving the cemetery I checked the helleboring area for more orchids. Last year I found a bee orchid and a pyramidal orchid. No bee orchid, but I did find four pryramidal.
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