The heat of July works its magic. Flowers bloom. The bees are out in full force. Taking time to enjoy this splendour, I want to share what I love most about the hot days of July: beautiful wild flowers, up close and personal.

flowers of july 2015 red clover up close bees No.2

Bee feeding on a Red Clover – dinner time. #pollinate #clover #wildflower #insects

flowers of july 2015 red clover up close bees No.1

Red Clover is a natural sweetener. Each flower contains sugar water and can be used for the wandering soul for survival. #pollinate #clover #wildflower #insects

flowers of july 2015 milk thistle up close No.4

Milk Thistle up close and personal. Beautiful leaf and hair structure. #thistle #wildlfowers #nature #photography

flowers of july 2015 st. johns wort close up

St. John’s Wort Flowers are beyond all wild flowers: super soothers and healer for all troubles of the skin. And they are beautiful. #wildflowers #healing #healers

flowers of july 2015 milk thistle up close No.3

Milk Thistle Down. The puffy seeds fluff up and make the most inviting place to rest…if you collected enough of them. #thistle #wildlfowers #nature #photography

flowers of july 2015 milk thistle up close Ant Harvest

Milk Thistle Up Close and Personal – Ant Harvest in full force. #thistle #wildlfowers #nature #photography

flowers of july 2015 milk thistle up close

Milk Thistle Up Close and Personal – Simple, stately colour and protection on display. Sharp spikes keep predators away. Colourful flowers welcome pollinators. #thistle #wildlfowers #nature #photography

flowers of july 2015 milk thistle up close No.2

Lovely Milk Thistle Down. Perfect in every way as a superior seed. #thistle #wildlfowers #nature #photography

flowers of july 2015 red clover up close No.2

Simple yet beautiful, the Red Clover. Highlighting the beauty of the simple yet attractive design of the sepals. #clover #wildflower

flowers of july 2015 red clover up close

Simple yet beautiful, the Red Clover. #clover #wildflower

flowers of july 2015 queen annes lace close up with bugs

Queen Anne’s Lace, the Ancient Carrot, up close and personal. #wildflower #weed #flowers

flowers of july 2015 Thistle down seeds No.2

Hanging on. The seed of the milk thistle is so well equiped to fly far distances and keep growing. #thistle #wildlfowers #nature #photography

flowers of july 2015 Thistle down seeds

Milk Thistle Seeds. Splendid. #thistle #wildlfowers #nature #photography

flowers of july 2015 white echinacea No.2

White Echinacea. A combination of light, colour and shadows play on each other. #wildlfowers #nature #photography

flowers of july 2015 white echinacea

Lovely and unexpected. White Echinacea Meadow. #wildlfowers #nature #photography

flowers of july 2015 red admiral and echinacea No.3

Red Admiral feeding on the native Echinacea. No.1 #wildlfowers #nature #photography #echinacea

flowers of july 2015 red admiral and echinacea No.2

Red Admiral feeding on the native Echinacea. No.2 #wildlfowers #nature #photography #echinacea

flowers of july 2015 red admiral and echinacea

Red Admiral feeding on the native Echinacea. No.3 #wildlfowers #nature #photography #echinacea

flowers of july 2015 queen annes lace black and white stately

Classical, natural, lovely nature. Black and White. Just the highlights. #wildlfowers #nature #photography #blackwhitephotography