Ness Gardens, Wirral...
Ness Gardens are between Burton village and Ness, South Wirral, on the Dee. An ideal place for disabled visitors, as they have small electric scooters on loan.
A very pleasant spot to spend an hour or two, and I'm seriously thinking of becoming a "Friend of Ness Gardens", because at £5 a time, it could get expensive, as I'd happily go a couple of times a week.
Unfortunately, I have a bit of a tremor, which often spoils some of the best pics, when using my digital camera (the sheer weight of my SLR outfit - more than twice as heavy - mostly damps out the tremor, so it's not as much of problem). I might think about getting a monopod for my digital (this is the Fuji S602 zoom mentioned on the Birding page.
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An Azure damsel fly (above) and a mature male Red Darter (below). For the photographers among you, the damsel isn't a macro shot, it's the centre of a much larger, hi-res zoom shot, as is the dragonfly, but I couldn't get as close to that. The Azure damsel was the only type I saw, and only in small numbers, but dragonflies were there in droves, with the Red Darter seemingly predominant.
I used to be a very keen gardner, pre-ME, but these days I can't tell one flower from another. It's a red one!
I took two shots of this tree (there's a bit of tremor in this one, but what the hell!), one with the sun behind it, and this one. In reality, the back-lit view was better, but this is the better photo.
A vista through the trees; rather better full size, but at 2.6MB, too big for here.
This, and the one below are from the Heather Garden - they looked good - great slabs of colour.
That's it for now - more later...