Sunday photo: busy as a bee

Sunday photo: busy as a bee

Not every week allows the opportunity for a good walk on a sunny day but this week came up trumps, allowing a cool stroll through one of my favourite local woods on a hot day. Like many woods it has a varied history and this one features the remnants of ornamental driveways, still defined with rows of rhododendron. The colours were vibrant and the bees enthusiastically doing their thing, so I thought I’d use the opportunity to try to capture them in action.

ZSL Whipsnade

ZSL Whipsnade

Out of all the animals to capture the imagination of young children, it’s the large mammals. Lions, hippos, tigers, bears, elephants and others feature highly in children’s books are when a visit to the zoo is mentioned, they come at the top of the request list. Happily there’s a space not far out of London where the big animals roam free (well relatively, depending on their level of ferocity). We’d been to Whipsnade once before, which isn’t too far from us, but this was our first visit with Tilly. Offering soft play and a playground as well as an amazing array of animals, we were keen to get stuck in.

Sunday photo: daytime hunter 

Sunday photo: daytime hunter 

A recent visit by family gave me a rare opportunity to go for a good walk in the nearby countryside.  It was a hot day so I opted for a largely wooded route, although the path skirts around fields at times, offering fine views over the valley.  I hardly saw another soul on the walk with it being a weekday afternoon but I did have a chance encounter with someone quite unexpected: a fox.