The fields and lanes around Wells are filled with hedgerow flowers which attract the butterflies and insects I like to photograph. In focusing on this insect habitat I have come to appreciate the photo opportunities the flowers present in their own right.
I love the variety of rare flowers that can be found on the unimproved grass lands of the Mendip scarp and Somerset Levels. Group walks with the experts in the Somerset Wildlife Trust have identified to me rarities such as Bee Orchids - which I would otherwise have missed.
Our family walks to photograph the snowdrops at Mells are one of the highlights of my year. Later on there is the opportunity, before the canopy of leaves develops, to photograph the carpets of wild garlic and bluebells at Longwood.
Fungi, grasses, ferns, moulds and lichens. The combes - steep-sided wooded valleys - of Somerset provide an excellent environment for ferns. A large variety of wax caps grow in Lynchcombe. Lichens grow on the limestone outcrops, trees and old gates.