On our second full day we took in this fabulous NNR, which is in fact a mixture of woodland and open heathland. There was a fair amount of up and down walking, but it felt easier to be on foot compared to a few groups who had taken to their bikes!
There was interesting sights and views at every turn. I was keen to see and capture a redstart, but wow was it tricky. The little blighters sing from way up in the trees and in the closing canopy were quite hard to find, let alone photograph. A couple of males had a spat while I was tracking them down, which helped.
In some areas, Exmoor ponies are free to roam - here a mother and foal took a moment to inspect us:
This large iridescent beetle (one of a number) crossed our path - I think that it is a violet oil beetle (maybe a female loaded with eggs).
Also two dor beetles (one in hot pursuit of the other - the male behind) were in the same woodland opening.
Due to the overnight rain, and the only partially sunny conditions, the ground flora was damp and "withdrawn" - the wood sorrel and lesser celandines drooped, only the violets seem to be perky!:
From the heathland area, looking north out to sea, the views were spectacular - a point to point race can be seen in the first image:
Looking back over the wooded valley:
An unusually big bracket fungus in the woodland
Driving back to our accommodation the weather broke - it was both violent and spectacular. We pulled over and I took a few shots between the bursts driving rain and strong winds.
And one more image which I couldn't resist of this chap at Watersmeet - everything, and I mean everything, was interesting to him...