Yesterday Crafty Green Boyfriend and I had a lovely walk round Arthur's Seat.
The thistles are seeding and thistledown is flying everywhere
Near this patch of thistles we saw a stonechat, I think the first we've ever seen here (though I've seen them at Musselburgh and on Corstorphine Hill in Edinburgh). Thanks to Crafty Green Boyfriend for this photo
It was lovely to see this meadow brown butterfly
this family of mute swans on Dunsapie Loch
the beautiful view of Duddingston Loch (with harebells still in bloom in the foreground)
and a good few hoverflies including this footballer hoverfly (Helophilus pendulus)