Thunderstorms, balmy spring nights and nature in full bloom.

It's hard to believe we're almost half way through the year already but here are some of our favourite pictures from our Flickr group in May.

The project invites readers to capture Dorset and the New Forest on camera across 365 days. 

You can find some of our favourite pictures submitted to the group so far this year in the links below. 

You don't need to be a professional photographer to take part as it's open to everyone.

Don't forget to tag your pictures with the month it was taken and to include a brief description so we know it was taken in the local area.

You can see more of our favourites in a gallery and join the project here

You can also join our Echo Camera Club and share your pictures with hundreds of fellow photographers in Dorset, take part in projects and win prizes at

Storm chasing.

Storm chasing by Paul 

Sandbanks Sunset at low tide

Sandbanks Sunset at low tide by Paul Dimarco 

Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy by Paul Dimarco