Summer Nostalgia

I love autumn, but with the turn of every season comes a sadness at the loss of what once was. A nostalgia for times gone before. There weren’t many butterflies this summer but the ones that did come were as beautiful as ever, and I miss them now that their time is nearly over. This lovely Painted Lady spent quite a time in my garden brightening my day a couple of weeks back.

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Questing for Wings in Bournemouth

I realised I never finished posting my photos from our visit to Bournemouth last month, and this set fit will with this week’s Photo Challenge: Quest. While walking around Compton Acres, and Bournemouth Gardens I was always on a quest for something interesting to photograph. As you’ll know I did take a lot of photos of flowers and sculptures, but what I was really looking for were things with wings! With quite a lot of water about in the form of ponds and streams I was hoping for Damselflies and Dragonflies, and I wasn’t disappointed 🙂

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Azure Damselfly
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Speckled Wood Butterfly
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Speckled Wood Butterfly
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Beautiful Demoiselle
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Large Red Damselfly
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Golden-Ringed Dragonfly
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Beautiful Demoiselle
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Beautiful Demoiselle

 

Becoming a Rare Sight

It seems that butterflies are are becoming a rarer sight around my garden this summer. But last weekend I was pleased to see a nice variety of butterflies for a change. No Small Tortoiseshells though.

This weekend the weather has gone downhill again, with wind and rain, so no chance of butterflies today I think.

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Small Copper
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Painted Lady
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Peacock
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Red Admiral

A Lack of Fluttering

Is it just me or is there a bit of a lack of butterflies this year in the UK? Our Buddleia is blooming, and yet there are hardly any butterflies around. Perhaps it’s the weather – not especially warm and certainly not very sunny at present. It seems to be a mainly damp summer with occasional spells of good weather for a couple of days at a time. Usually once the Buddleia is flowering there would be Red Admirals, Small Tortoiseshells, Painted Ladies, and Commas around, but I haven’t seen any in the garden. All I’ve seen recently are Ringlets, Green-Veined Whites and Small Whites. Of course, it could just be that I’m just impatient and expecting them a bit too soon!

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Ringlet Butterfly
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Ringlet Butterfly
Green-Veined White Butterflies mating
Green-Veined White Butterflies mating
Small White Butterfly
Small White Butterfly

A Streak of Green

Today I spotted a butterfly I’ve not seen before. I went for a walk at Cors Caron nature reserve and while passing a Bilberry patch I noticed these little green butterflies fluttering about. It turns out they are called ‘Green Hairstreak’ butterflies. They seemed to be very interested in the Bilberry flowers, and each other.

This was my best shot:

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The butterflies seemed to spend a lot of their time the other way up though, to get to the nectar in the Bilberry flowers. Looks like I’ve accidentally flipped the image!

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And there was some spring fever going on too!

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Orange-tip

I had started to think that Orange-tip Butterflies were not very friendly. Every time I saw one I’d follow but it would flit away without pausing so I could get a shot. Most frustrating. However on Saturday one finally decided to be nice! It seems they like Herb Robert flowers – this little guy was ignoring any other type of flower and just fluttering between Herb Robert flowers. It made for a nice shot when I caught up with him!

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And here he is with his wings outspread, showing off the bright, bright orange that gives him his name:

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Small and Coppery

Here’s a pretty little Small Copper butterfly that I spotted a couple of days ago on a little walk to the village pond. They’re very dainty little things 🙂 I took some photos while he busily investigated every inch of this flower… he was having a good day with plenty of sunshine and flowers, and I was having a good day getting the chance to watch him and many other insects enjoying themselves 🙂

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These weren’t taken today, but today is rainy, so this is better 🙂

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Today Was a Good Day.”

Lavender Garden

It’s been a hectic few days, but I found a few moments yesterday to potter in my Mum’s garden and spent some time in the sun by her lavender patch. Such a enticing sight (and scent) for all the butterflies and bees, as well as for me. Hope you enjoy these photos, and feel a little of the pleasantness of sunshine, warmth and happy insects buzzing (or flapping) by.

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Wordless Wednesday – First Comma

Shy Creatures and Crochet

I went for a walk yesterday and as usual spent some time by the village pond. I chased a dragon for quite some time, hindered by a local kitten that insisted on wrapping itself around my legs at inopportune moments! I was a little disappointed to only get a couple of shots, but when I got home and looked at them, I’m rather fond of them. The dragonfly appeared to be looking at me, then shyly hiding itself behind the grass stalk.

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Ooh there’s someone looking at me!
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Quick, hide! (Available on my shop as a greeting card as well as many other products)

Further on past the pond and I spotted a Speckled Wood butterfly. I was trying to get a shot and every time I clicked it flew off, landing shortly afterwards. Then it peered at me from behind a leaf like a shy child hiding behind his mother’s legs.

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Eek, someone’s looking at me!
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Ooh do I dare to venture out? (no!)

Even the ferns were being all coy, though I thought they were past the curly-wurly-unfurly phase by now!

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Curly-wurly-unfurly Ferns

It seemed that the only wildlife that would stay still and behave was my new work-in-progress – a Wildflower Bag – part one of which is complete:

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Part 1 done of Wildflower Shoulder Bag CAL

When is a Door a Gate?

I don’t really taken many photos of buildings or doors… they’re a little large and man-made for my usual style!

I expanded my thoughts on doors to other openings like gates … and came up with the Gatekeeper Butterfly:

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And also my lovely Chris Chalk painting of an open gateway which has a lot of symbolism for me as well as being a great painting:

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A bit off the topic of ‘door’ but hope you will accept my ‘gate’ offering as close enough! 🙂

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Door.”

Speckled Wood

A Speckled Wood Butterfly, appropriately placed in the woods:

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Available soon in my shop

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