My Sunday Photo – July 9th, 2017.

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I was desperate to get back to Strumpshaw Fen in June to try and see a swallowtail, our largest native butterfly (and also one of our rarest), but other things kept getting in the way.

It was July 1st before I finally found an hour to pop back but it was already mid afternoon and I was in such a rush, checking I had a card in my camera, a hat, suncream, water etc that it was only when I arrived I realised that I didn’t have any cash. Of course, there are no card facilities there so I couldn’t muster the entrance fee. Argh. I was even more disappointed when a visitor told me he’d seen THREE swallowtails earlier.

I dashed five minutes down the road to Brundall to use the cashpoint but by the time I got back it was 3.45ish and had clouded over a little bit. There were still some butterflies about but sadly no swallowtails (although I’m told there might be a second flush in August so all might not be lost if I can get back again).

While disappointed, I had a lovely hour or so wandering the peaceful meadow and walking a bit of the trail. I was so intent on looking for butterflies that I didn’t realise the dragonfly above was practically sitting next to me. It stuck around just long enough for me to take its photo (I said thank you, don’t worry). In fact, I saw quite a few dragonflies and damselflies about.

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Another favourite was also flying so I came home happy enough.

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Grey heron.

As always, I’ve joined Darren’s My Sunday Photo link up. Please click on the camera below to see what other people have taken.

Wishing you a happy and healthy week ahead.

Photalife
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25 thoughts on “My Sunday Photo – July 9th, 2017.

  1. Hi Tara, what a great name for a place, Strumpshaw Fen! You must have been really kicking yourself when you realised you didn’t have the cash on you (car ashtrays make the perfect place to stash cash!). I am sure that your politeness to Mr. Dragonfly will pay off and next time the Swallowtails will be flocking for a photo!

    xx

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  2. Sorry you didn’t get to see a swallowtail, but you still captured some fantastic photos. I’ve noticed dragonflies don’t tend to fly off when you put a camera near them – unlike butterflies!

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  3. That is a fabulous picture of a dragonfly. I have never had any success photographing them myself, im too slow. #mysundayphoto

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