Darters are more often seen late on, my personal latest being November 4th a few years back.
So with a couple of days sunshine after a gloomy week I chanced a visit to Far Pasture on the 2nd, where sure enough, a few common darters were still posing about in the warmth of the mid-day sun.
|This male darter still looked in good nick, though how they survive long periods of bad weather still puzzles me|
|Good light for photos when I could get the sun behind me, casting very strong shadows|
|This female seemed to be enjoying the view|
|And what a lovely view it is with Gibside's column of Liberty in the backdrop|
|Or from another angle "oo-er, it's a long way down"|
|The female also posed well for close-ups|
|This moth made a lovely seasonal photo but I haven't pinned down the species yet.|
|A view across the valley from the Derwent Walk, |
the light was hitting the camera direct so the colours don't look as strong as they actually were.
The forecast for later in the week is for more of the same, so I may well try my luck again in hope of breaking my 'latest ever sighting' record. Or at least I'll remember to get a photo of the goings-on at the Forbidden Pond as they've been busy digging it up :-O