Photographed by Anthony J Sargeant on 13th August 2017 the butterfly is feeding on the Buddleia which forms a wonderful boundary hedge at his Shropshire home. The buddleia (known as the Butterfly Bush – not for nothing – it attracts hundreds of butterflies in a good season). There have been fewer butterflies this year – the weather has been rather cold and wet.
This photograph taken by Anthony J Sargeant in 2011 shows an archway in the ruined 12th century Cistercian Abbey close to Ironbridge in Shropshire. Although without a roof the basic structure of this magnificent church is intact. The Cistercian Abbey of St Mary and St Chad was founded in 1135 by Roger de Clinton, Bishop of Coventry (1129–1148) as a Savignac monastery and was inhabited by a small community of monks from Furness Abbey. The stone from which it was built was quarried in the nearby settlement of Broseley. The abbey was closed in 1536 by the order of Henry VIII during the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
Anthony J Sargeant took this photograph during an early morning bike ride along the Shropshire lanes close to his Home. In the distance is the Brown Clee Hill with mist still clinging to the fields below the top. The sun just clearing the horizon at 5.42am sends shafts of gold onto the field beyond the gate (27th August 2017, Shropshire, England)
Aubretia spills over the old stone wall that forms the boundary between the garden of Anthony Sargeant and a quiet Shropshire lane. It is mid-April in England and the Aubretia is in full bloom on a cool English Spring day
Anthony J Sargeant thought the reader might like the alliteration – they look like snowdrops but flower slightly later in early spring in England (today is 2nd April 2017). It has been a beautiful Spring day. (Spring Snowflakes – Leucojum vernum)
These tiny flowers were photographed by Anthony Sargeant yesterday 30th March 2017. They are growing in the hedgerow around his Shropshire home. Suddenly Spring has arrived in England and the hedgerows are blossoming with many wild flowers as well as some escapees from domestic gardens.
The lanes around the Shropshire home of Anthony Sargeant are full of snowdrops at this time of the year (February 2017). This small clump was photographed in the hedgerow just opposite the house. There are a remarkable number of different varieties – this one has delicately green tips to the inner corona.There is a local story that in the 19th Century a man from the nearby hamlet of Morville walked the lanes planting snowdrops in the hedgerows.