I ended up deleting a lot of posts because I left Flickr and closed my account. So after neglecting my blog for a while……
I am also sorting through my own favourite photo’s of the year to put in my journal. So here are some of my personal favourites starting with butterflies:
Brown Argus taken in Shropshire
Common Blue taken in Shropshire
White Admiral taken in Shropshire
Clouded Yellow taken in Greece
Small Tortoiseshell taken in my garden. It was lovely to see these in good numbers this year
I am not sure how many categories I will end up with……………;)
The nature of April here in the UK is showers! Despite an earlier warm week and some area’s of the UK experiencing drought conditions, here in Shropshire April has been pretty much as it usually is. It heralds the return of many old friends which I delight in seeing again. After several months of catching a rare glimpse of a butterfly, lots of insects emerge, the sound of the Chiffchaff is heard on their return from Africa and the first Spring flowers appear like magic.
Different birds seem to be arriving daily and this week, I saw my first Swallow.
Despite the showers we have been out and about watching and listening to the new arrivals. The butterflies arrived very early on the South Coast but here in the Midlands my first spot of Speckled Woods was actually a few days later than last year. On the same day I caught the first glimpse of a Brimstone and Orange Tip. I normally have to wait a while for my first image of an Orange tip, they fly at an incredible rate. However, down by the river on Sunday, one rested a while under cloudy skies.
A little patience waiting for the cloud to move over was rewarded:
A little further afield just into Staffordshire on Saturday and this was the first Green Veined White:
Almost on cue, I spotted the first glimpses of the Cuckoo flower or Ladies Smock which is a favourite of both of these butterflies. It always fascinates me how nature know the right time!
Meanwhile, we have a pair of Robins feeding each other in the garden. How I would love to get a picture. For such a feisty bird, they are so gentle with each other!
I have been spending quite a bit of time in the garden over the last couple of weeks…here are a few from round and about!
Lupin after the Rain
Bee on Heather
Cheeky Blue Tit
Beefly on Aubretia
Once again in Skiathos I took full opportunity of the light for some macro photography. These are a few of my favourite shots:
It is that time of year and I cannot resist trying to capture some of the insects for a closer look ~ whilst I can.
A Brimstone butterfly…
A humble fly….
I expect more will follow ~ I have the bug!!!
The damselflies emerged throughout May and here are a few macro shots taken when the weather was a little brighter than it is at present. All of these were spotted In Shropshire.
I hope to add to the collection over the year but, the current windy, dull conditions really do not lend themselves towards macro photography.
Banded Male Demoiselle
Banded Female Demoiselle
White Legged Damselfly
Beautiful Male Demoiselle
Blue Tailed Damselfly
We took a visit to the Wyre Forest over the last weekend and took in a butterfly that has become increasingly rare in the UK:
I have experienced so many wildlife firsts this year. The first one was just a simple damselfly but I was waiting for their emergence, this was our first in Shropshire, the large red:
They emerged in the last week of April, more to follow 🙂
Whilst wandering around Shropshire in the last couple of weeks, the butterfly population has increased dramatically. These were all taken in the Severn Valley:
Male Common Blue
Female Common Blue
Walking down into the dingle and all you can hear is the sounds of quietness, the water as it cascades lightly over the rocks.
The sun is peeping though the trees, these wonderful aged beauties that have seen so many people pass them. Their girth is that of many years with gnarled twisting and turning roots, this one is my Faraway tree!
A large dragonfly patrols the path ahead, this way, this way ………..the sound of it’s wings brrr as a flash of emerald green glints in the light.
Clouds are heavy and the lake looks dull at first glance but damselflies rest among the foliage.
Silently a heron takes flight and could almost be missed in the camouflage of the sky.
But, then suddenly, the silence is shattered, the geese are shouting, look at them take flight!
Then peace settles over the lake once more…
And in the distance Shropshire countryside rolls on and on….