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I have been out and about with my camera over the last few months, no where exotic but have been discovering some local wildlife and flora. We sometimes forget that there are some great images waiting to be taken near to home. Here are a few images to show what I have been doing. In May I found myself visiting local woodland, first for the bluebells and then for cuckoopint and the aromatic ramsons (wild garlic).

Bluebell Wood

Bluebell Wood

Monty

Monty waiting patiently

Cuckoopint

Cuckoopint (Arum maculatum)

Ramson (wild garlic)

Ramson (wild garlic) (Allium ursinum)

Ramson (wild garlic)

Ramson flower (wild garlic) (Allium ursinum)

Ramson (wild garlic)

Ramson flowers (wild garlic) (Allium ursinum)

In early June I travelled down to Buckinghamshire for an afternoon and evening in Tom Way’s fox hide.This was a great experience (but a long, tiring drive). Tom has put in several years work and the wild foxes come to within several metres of the hide. On my visit I got to photograph the male fox although there were two females with cubs in the area. As a bonus a brave rabbit made a brief appearance.

Fox (Vulpes vulpes)

Fox (Vulpes vulpes)

Rabbit looking out for the fox

Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) looking out for the fox

On a recent Sunday walk in the Derbyshire Dales I found an amazing field of early purple orchids. I returned the following morning with my camera gear and although most flowers were past their best I did find this beautiful plant.

Purple Orchid

Purple Orchid (Orchis mascula)

Getting up to date, this last week I have been visiting a local canal where Coots and Little Grebes are busy feeding their hungry chicks and common spotted orchids are putting on a colourful show.

Coot mum (or dad) losing patience with this youngster

Coot mum (or dad) losing patience with this youngster

Little Grebe chick

Little Grebe chick (Tachybaptus ruficollis)

Coot chick

Coot chick (Fulica atra)

Spotted Orchid

Common Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii)

Spotted Orchid

Common Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii)