Yesterday we managed to get a break from the Film Festival to spend time in the Dells along the Water of Leith. It was hot and sunny so we were very glad of the shade of the trees along much of the route.
So much nature to see including this majestic grey heron
Melangyna compositarum or M. labiatarum
here. There are also some useful online identification sites out there including the Nature Spot Guide to Hoverflies; the All About Hoverflies page and Steven Falk's Flickr album of hoverfly photos (possibly the best of the three).
We've had a lot of rain recently so everything was looking green, especially the wonderful chandeliers of the hornbeam trees
Thanks to Crafty Green Boyfriend who took most of the photos in this post.