Butterflies and Flowers (November)

There is only so much fun that you can have with a dog and a puddle.

I think that we all need to grow up a bit and be more serious.

You first πŸ™‚

Yesterday the rain was torrential. All of the lower fields are flooded. I was really surprised to wake up this morning to this sky.

November SkyI can live with that. Today Fizz and I are going after Butterflies but we also want to look at what is still in flower.

The Butterfly idea was doomed to success. Even before I stepped out of my front door I saw one.

A rubbish photo but I took it in case this was the only animal that I saw today. It is enough to prove that they are still about.

November Red AdmiralSo flowers first. Fizz is always in flower. Unfortunately all that water avoidance that she was doing resulted in her getting a thorn in her foot.

Thorny FizzLet the doctor have a look.

Fizz's FootGet out of the way and I’ll kiss it better for you.

Fizz's FootThere. I have saved your life again.

Saved Fizz

FizzOther flowers.

Most of them we were expecting.

Red Campion

Red CampionSilene dioica obviously. I put that on EW earlier, I haven’t created all the links yet but it is here Red Campion


Bramble blossomHogweed is still going strong.

HogweedThere were plenty of flowers still to open… This is an important nectar source at this time of year.

HogweedThere were plenty of seed heads too.

HogweedHerb Robert, it doesn’t seem to have a season.

Herb RobertThere are still a few Ivy flowers about but not many.

IvyThere is a lot of this next one, White Dead Nettle. The last of the dead nettles it won’t be very long before it’s little red cousin will be popping up to welcome Β the spring.

White Dead NettleWe pretty much expected to see those and that is a fair summary of all that I could find in flower in this location…. Except for this next one.

Field RoseA lovely Field Rose. This one is out of season but the bush didn’t know that and it had buds just about to burst into flower.

Field Rose

Field RoseSo I didn’t chase butterflies up and down the track because I have only just done the Red Admiral. I just wanted to record their presence. These are the only butterflies that I am still regularly finding.

Red Admiral

Red AdmiralI saw one Dragonfly but I only saw it as a silhouette against the sky as it moved down the track in front of me. It would have been a Migrant Hawker, I am pretty sure that is the only big one still on the wing in November but I couldn’t get close enough to properly confirm that, which was disappointing.

Back to being childish…

FizzOh dear Fizz. How did you get so wet?

28 thoughts on “Butterflies and Flowers (November)”

  1. Thanks for letting me follow along. Beautiful photos (as always). The picture of the morning sky is a glimpse of paradise. I think it was very brave of you to remove that thorn.


  2. She tries so hard not to get in the water to get her ball, and it’s adorable the way she looks back to see that you’re still back there. You removed the thorn for her and you’re obviously her best friend in general. Thanks for another great adventure.


  3. I had a belly full of chuckles! Looks like Fizz is having the time of her life! One of my dogs if they had something stuck on them would just Freeze in an odd position and not move, I quickly learned it meant a thorn or just a weed had been caught in his hair! Such a Fuss Bucket like her and Fizz seems to be a big suck!! She obliviously loves you!


  4. Wow, it’s even wetter where you are than here. Thanks for the dragonfly update, and “snap” on the Red Admiral front. Quite a bit of Ivy in flower in Arundel WWT, the bees love the stuff. Not sure what sort – blackish solitary ones about the size of a bluebottle.


    1. Thanks Stephen πŸ™‚ This is quite hilly country and the water gathers in any ditch or field at the base of a hill but we are well above sea level and it disperses quickly. There is no real risk of the flooding that many experienced last winter.


  5. Fizz must need a bath morning, noon & night in that kind of weather. Perhaps she needs her own doggie shower & blow dryer. Can’t imagine her being allowed inside in that state. (Even into the ‘boot’ room).

    (BTW I’d never heard of a Boot room until I lived/worked on a large estate in Rudgewick, Sussex).


  6. I have NEVER seen a dog as wet as Fizz…constantly. I’m so happy you picked up the ball. Your photographs are wonderful, as usual and I think you should read books on CD’s because you have a great voice. πŸ™‚


  7. I love that Dawn photo so much!! It is very “Trollsk” as we say in norwegian, which means Troll-like or something like that. It is almost like I can see the trolls lurking in there πŸ™‚
    and I love the Fizz-part like always! πŸ™‚


  8. What a wonderful early photo! I enjoyed another great Follow.. You and Fizz and flowers and a ball recovery. I almost feel as tho I am right there, and the videos are an added feature. So happy to follow you and dear little Fizz.


  9. I loved everything–opening gorgeous photo, Fizz chronicles and video, all the flowers, seed pods, the butterfly and everything. Almost like being there. Thanks for stopping by my site today and leaving your new gravatar image. Definitely a keeper.


  10. Such a lot of water! We avoided the fields on our walk yesterday. I haven’t seen a butterfly here for a while now, nor any red campion or hedge rose (what a surprise!). Lovely photos and videos as always.


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