Yesterday morning a very heavy downpour disrupted my intention to join another butterfly walk so on my journey back home I stopped off at another location and after the rain eventually abated I took a stroll around this field. Fortunately the landowners don't mow right up to the fence line so nature is allowed to flourish along the margins. Linking to Good Fences.
The fences here have friendly openings allowing access to the view beyond and whilst initially it might look rather barren below is just a sample of the wild flora and insects that I passed as I wandered the field edges beyond the gate.
Beyond the first field the trackway leads me to yet another gateway and a different view southwards down the valley.
Nearby were fresh coloured Gatekeepers (Pyronia tithonus) also known as the Hedge Brown. This attractive little 'flutter' often frequents lanes and hedgerows broken by sunny gateways plus open woodland, scrubby downland and heaths where there is shelter and an abundance of tall vegetation.
Emerging in early July, the Gatekeeper is the last of the common and widespread species to appear each year and its appearance is a sure sign that summer is moving towards the equinox.
Agrimony bending to the weight of the wind and recent rain.
So the moral is ... if you don't proceed beyond the fence or gate you may never know what hidden gems lie beyond. FAB.