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 …

Found one 🙂
Getting closer in
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.”


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.

Fluffy on a Knapweed flower
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 …

Fluffy and friends on Ragwort L-R Fluffy the Skipper, Bob the Thick-Legged Flower Beetle, Colin the Small Copper Butterfly
Colin with Bob in the background. Colin is also rather fluffy as you can see
Colin showing off his rather impressive proboscis
Barry the Bumble was also looking rather fluffy (and covered in pollen) as he bumbled busily around this Scabious flower.
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)
Rather less fluffy friends include Sir Geoffrey the Grasshopper here. He’s looking a teeny bit fluffy but also slightly scary
Gary Grasshopper, not at all fluffy, resting on a Nettle
Greta the Grasshopper posed glamorously for me on this Bindweed leaf
Bob the Flower Beetle decided a Bindweed Flower was a nice place to get some peace and quiet
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.”