Popped out at lunchtime to Dedham, just inside Essex, but right on the Suffolk border. I made it as far as the first car park and saw just a tiny portion of the village. It looks a lovely place…even in the dreary misty grey light that we had all day today. Looking forward to seeing this place in more favourable light!


A quick walk around Rowney Woods unusually didn’t deliver many pictures, but this ivy looked pretty as it slowly crawled up this tree trunk.


No idea what sort of flower this is…I assume some sot of daisy…but who knows. Found in Rowney Woods this afternoon.


I’ve not seen many wasps at all this year – this is only the second one I have been conscious of seeing this year.


I have never seen so many dragonflies in Rowney Woods as I saw today…literally hundreds of hawkers flying around, particularly over the fields of barley near the entrance to the woods. The hawkers were far too busy to settle so I had to content myself with this female Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) who stayed put long enough for me to photograph her.

As always – take my ID with a large pinch of salt…I’m regularly wrong – feel free to correct if you know 😉


I started my new job today, which was a bit of a shock to the system after 3 months of “holiday”.

I’ve parked in a lot of company car parks over the years, but I think this one takes the prize for “Best View” so far. Taken on arrival this morning – I was first there – that’s keen for you 😉

This post also appears in more categories than any other post mainly because it shows 2 counties. The picture was taken in Suffolk – and that’s Suffolk all the way up to the River Stour. Across the river is Manningtree in Essex.


I have been trying to get an inflight dragonfly for some time and I finally got one today whilst walking through Rowney Woods. Typically, having failed a number of times previously I managed to get 4 or 5 of them today!

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I take a lot of photographs every day, but rarely publish more than one or two. Indeed I have a lot of photographs that I haven’t even processed which seems a shame, so here’s, hopefully, the first of a few catch up posts.

Yesterday we had a great walk around Rowney Wood, a lovely wood between Thaxted and Saffron Walden – you’ll find it almost opposite the main entrance to Carver Barracks as you head towards Debden in Essex. We spent around an hour strolling around the woods and saw many species of butterfly, all of which are shown in this image.

Of the butterflies going clockwise from top left we have:

  • Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
  • Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)
  • Large Skipper (Ochlodes faunu)
  • Comma (Polygonia c-album)
  • Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)
  • Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)

There was a species of butterfly that we often see in the woods but didn’t see yesterday which is the Peacock (Aglais io)…that’s the caterpillar you see here – there were hundreds of these busily devouring nettle leaves.


We had our first walk in Rowney Woods this afternoon for the first time in 2 or 3 weeks…the growth is amazing. We went, amongst other things, to find some dragonflies to photograph, but they had all cleared off…leaving a whole host of butterflies and moths dashing about…but my favourite photograph of the day had to be this Long-jawed Orb-weaver Spider (Tetragnatha extensa), also known as the Common Stretch Spider.

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We took a quick stroll around Rowney Woods this afternoon. The bracken is sprouting up very nicely and the sunshine really lit it up.