I spent a happy four hours ambling along the paths and walks looking for insects and spiders and beautiful plants, and taking photos. It was quite dry but I saw lots of Apis melifera (honey bees) as there were hives in one corner.*
Once or twice I looked up and extended my focal distance to greater than half a metre and noticed there were children, young couples, older people, and birds. Many of them were looking at me curiously, and they were usually smiling. I suppose I was so intent that I was an object of interest.
Then I went back to my accommodation and slept and slept and slept again.
|I was so excited to see my first non-buff-bottomed bumblebee.|
|Spent poppy seed-case.|
|Flower beetles of some sort|
|A. Melifera, the honey bee.|
|Aphids and a male Chironomidae fly. |
(You can tell it's male because it has feathery antennae.)
|There were large numbers of harlequin beetles.|
(You can tell it's a harlequin and not the ladybird
because they are bigger and also have a 'W" or 'M' just behind the head.)
|One of the Opiliones. Also known as harvestman or Daddy Long-legs.|
|Pica pica, the Eurasian magpie. Quite unlike our downunder one.|
(Oh, did you know this is considered to be the most intelligent non-human animal?)
|The 'Malkepigen' Statue (The Milkmaid)|
|The Science department ... no, I didn't go in.|
* I saw very few A. Melifera in the rest of Europe and the UK.