Saxtead Green Mill, Suffolk
I love Suffolk in the summer. When the sun shines there is nowhere that captures the essence of summer more than a wild flower meadow.
The green in front of Saxtead Green Post Mill is not strictly a meadow, lying as it does next to the road, but it is quite delightful. The large area of natural grassland is edged with trees, willows and poplars and the grass is filled with ox eye daisies, buttercups and the thistle like flowers of the knapweed. Spend a few minutes here and it is easy to see what fantastic habitats these meadowlands are. Butterflies flit amongst the flowers, gatekeepers with their dark wing spots, meadow browns and common blues with their gorgeous summery colouring. Then there are the cinnabar moths with their bright red wing markings and their stripy caterpillars which can be found all over the yellow flowering ragworts.
Saxtead Post Mill is a corn mill owned by English Heritage. It is designed so that its whole body revolves on its base – one of many built in Suffolk from the late 13th century. It is located on the A1120 just outside Framlingham.
Camera: Nikon D700
Settings: F14 at 1/100 second
Grid Reference: TM253644
Inspiration: the flower meadow in front of the mill
Date shot: 14/06/2017