An afternoon among the blue flowers

Today was quite warm with little sunshine and no wind.  I decided to go out for a walk along the old railway line between Kilsyth and Twechar.  It’s a decent length of walk without being too strenuous.  Anyway, I stopped for a while at Dumbreck Marsh and sat among these blue flowers watching the honeybees, wasps and hoverflies feeding.  Such a peaceful place.  It’s hard to imagine you are only about 10 miles from Glasgow.

DSC_8033- blogI had chosen to take the Sigma 105mm macro lens with me and it was a good choice.  Also, because there has been very little rain it was quite easy to get down low beside the flowerheads without getting too mucky.  I think this a hoverfly, judging by the way it flew and the size of its eyes.  They always remind me of the HUD helmet of a fighter pilot.

On the way back, I wasted spent some time flicking the seedpods of Himilayan Balsam to watch them explode.  It took me back to Larkhall when I was about 5 or 6, walking down to Daisy Cottage with my mum and dad and doing the exact same thing.  A good day.

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