|View from Upton Fen|
Reading back to that day in 2012 in my wildlife diary from that year, there was an impressive thunderstorm the day before with an amazing light show of lightning. By coincidence, there was an impressive storm last night, three years later, too. It was around midnight and bright light of lightning illuminating my bedroom curtains relentlessly, but there was no thunder. The storm was still quite a distance away. Then when I managed to fall asleep, the rain hammered down and woke me up. The sound of thunder boomed extremely loud. It was right above my flat! The sound was so loud, that I thought my flat was hit by lightning! Fortunately I wasn't and I went back to sleep.
|Southern Marsh Orchid (pink)|
|Southern Marsh Orchid (pale pink)|
Marsh helleborines are rather pretty orchids. They are white and pink with yellow centres. They love to grow in this boggy ground and though populations are scattered across England and Wales, the biggest population is here in East Anglia. The emerge in July and Upton Fen is one of the best places in Norfolk to see them.
|Brown Hawker (the brown wings are a big give away)|
|Male Black-tailed Skimmer|
|Ruddy Darter (the black dots at the end of the tail helps for ID purposes)|
|Female Common Blue Damselfly (I think)|
|Berries of the Lords and Ladies Lily (never eat these, they're poisonous!)|
|Robin's Pincushion Gall|