Favourite Shots of the Year No1 ~ Butterflies

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

Brown Argus

Common Blue taken in Shropshire

Common Blue

White Admiral taken in Shropshire

White Admiral

Clouded Yellow taken in Greece

Clouded Yellow Butterfly

Small Tortoiseshell taken in my garden. It was lovely to see these in good numbers this year

Amongst the Asters

I am not sure how many categories I will end up with……………;)

The Nature of April

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.

Wood Sorrel

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!

Simply Damselflies

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.

Azure damselfly
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

Spring Butterflies in Shropshire

Whilst wandering around Shropshire in the last couple of weeks, the butterfly population has increased dramatically. These were all taken in the Severn Valley:

Brown Argus

Dingy Skipper

Green Hairstreak

Male Common Blue

Female Common Blue


Orange Tip

Come Walk with Me

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….