October was generally wet and windy. I believe I’m right in saying it rained at some point every day here in Norfolk. Into November and things have brightened up a bit. On the 7th it was sunny, 15c and the lightest of breezes. We are again in lockdown but allowed to exercise so a four hour walk exploring the countryside to the west of the town seemed like a good idea.
A footpath took us across two stubble fields heading into the low late autumn sun. The whole fields shimmered silver as if covered in water. Acres upon acres were draped in countless millions of silk threads left by tiny spiders.
Farmyards are strange places, there always seems to be an area where old machinery is abandoned and left to rust away. Perhaps the thought was “I’ll get round to fixing that one day” but the day never arrived. This tractor still looked in reasonable condition but just to the right other vehicles were being swamped by nature and slowly eroding.
Always a joy to see wildflowers at this time of the year and some should not be in bloom according to the books. Tell that to this delightful flax (Linum utisatissimum?) We also saw bramble in flower when by now the blackberries are finished.
I kept my eyes open for any interesting insect sightings the warmth may have brought out. One butterfly was seen, a Peacock sunning itself on ivy. The ivy when in full sun was very attractive to wasps seeking nectar and I also noticed a couple of large hoverflies that resembled honey bees, these were Eristalis pertinax or the Tapered Dronefly. Perhaps I should have taken my macro lens along.