Lambert’s Meadow Kaleidoscope.


Lambert’s Meadow.


Black-tailed Skimmer, female.



Cantharis rustica – a soldier beetle.


Common Blue Damselfly.


Cheilosia chrysocoma (Golden Cheilosia) – two photos, I think of different insects on different Marsh Thistles. A hoverfly which, for some reason, has evolved to resemble a Tawny Mining Bee.



Four-spotted Chaser.


Another hoverfly – possibly Helophilius pendulus.


Bumblebee on Ragged Robin.


Common Blue Damselfly, female – I think.


Azure Damselfly.


Water Avens – and another hoverfly?


Heath Spotted -orchid.


Another Common Blue Damselfly.

Just a short walk, but packed with interest. If the large blue and green dragonfly which was darting about had landed to be photographed too, my day would have been complete. It was an Emperor; large blue and green dragonflies which elude my camera are always Emperors. When they do land, they always somehow transform into Hawkers of one kind or another, lovely in their own right, but not Emperors. One day I’ll catch an Emperor in an unguarded moment.

In the meantime, the colours on offer at Lambert’s Meadow will do just fine.

Lambert’s Meadow Kaleidoscope.

17 thoughts on “Lambert’s Meadow Kaleidoscope.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Take a photo. Take a stride. Take another photo. Repeat. They’re all taken with a telephoto, and the closest the camera will focus is from 1 metre. The best pictures are generally taken from a metre away. At Lambert’s meadow there have been many unusual looking insects which have flown away and will remain a mystery for now.

        1. beatingthebounds says:

          Not especially – I don’t have a DSLR, it’s a superzoom: a bit bulky I suppose, relative to a point-and-snap or a phone, but really not heavy either – I think the whole camera is around 440g, if I remember right.

            1. beatingthebounds says:

              When I bought this camera, I did think long and hard about whether my pocket would stretch to a DSLR, but leaving aside the expense, the thought of carrying several lenses put me off.

  1. Not insect spotting weather when we walked through earlier today. Odd to be commenting on your blog when I’m sat on your sofa watching you cook the tea!

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      I was back there yesterday and saw another new, to me, species of dragonfly. Lambert’s meadow is very high on my list of favourite places at the moment.
      Regarding the roast pork, we had some of the leftovers last night, fried with paprika and served with refried beans and a spicy salsa. Very nice!
      Great to see you at the weekend. We were talking last night to two sets of friends, both of whom have neighbours with houses on the market at what seem like silly prices, they were both predicting that house prices in the village will sky-rocket since an increase in remote-working, they said, will result in an exodus from the cities. ☹️

        1. beatingthebounds says:

          We have a few already, but they tend to be in the grander properties, many of which, when I think about it, were built by wealthy industrialists in the first place: bankers, furniture manufacturers, ship-owners, brewers. Mostly from Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester I think – like the Boddington family who also funded the building of the primary school and the creation of the graveyard.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Highly enjoyable. It meant I didn’t get very far though since my pace hit a new low and snails were racing past me in droves.

  2. Amazing shots of the dragonflies etc. Don’t know how you do it. I tried to get a few different butterflies today. I managed about 6 different types, the photos aren’t great though. But it was like I was in a butterfly farm. 1000s of them, in groups, alone, on flowers, on the path ahead of me, everywhere

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      I was feeling a bit jealous of your clouds of butterflies, but then yesterday afternoon I experienced something similar, although I didn’t manage 6 different species, only 4, with the vast majority being Meadow Browns which are clearly thriving.

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