Closer and Closer

You may have noticed that I am slightly obsessed with dragonflies. Every time I go for a walk round the village pond I’m looking out for them. And what I am always trying to get with my photos is a good focus on their amazing eyes. I creep closer and closer and hold my breath …

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Found one 🙂
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Getting closer in
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Extreme close-up! Look at those eyes!! Swoon… click the photo to see the full effect

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

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Fluffy the Skipper & Friends

Meet Fluffy the Skipper… wouldn’t you just like to give him a cuddle? Skippers are probably the most cuddly-looking butterflies you’re ever likely to meet. The first time I saw one I assumed it was some kind of moth as they’re usually the more fluffy ones.

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Fluffy on a Knapweed flower
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Fluffy on a Bramble leaf

Fluffy wasn’t alone – there were other fluffy and not so fluffy creatures hanging out round the pond on Saturday with him …

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Fluffy and friends on Ragwort L-R Fluffy the Skipper, Bob the Thick-Legged Flower Beetle, Colin the Small Copper Butterfly
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Colin with Bob in the background. Colin is also rather fluffy as you can see
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Colin showing off his rather impressive proboscis
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Barry the Bumble was also looking rather fluffy (and covered in pollen) as he bumbled busily around this Scabious flower.
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Even Darren the Common Darter dragonfly is showing off a nice bit of neck fluff (although he doesn’t really have a neck, that’s his thorax I believe)
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Rather less fluffy friends include Sir Geoffrey the Grasshopper here. He’s looking a teeny bit fluffy but also slightly scary
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Gary Grasshopper, not at all fluffy, resting on a Nettle
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Greta the Grasshopper posed glamorously for me on this Bindweed leaf
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Bob the Flower Beetle decided a Bindweed Flower was a nice place to get some peace and quiet
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David the Dock Bug was a bit lost, clomping around the grass looking for some Dock leaves

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