If this is the last butterfly I get to photograph this year, I don’t think I’ll be too disappointed. The comma, with its jagged wings and wonderful orange colouring, is one of my favourites. Also, I got to see a swallowtail for the first time in May so any butterfly beyond that was just a bonus.
My brother popped in yesterday, in between a business trip to Holland and returning to the US where he lives. We decided to go to Strumpshaw Fen to get him some fresh air before he is stuck on planes again.
Luckily it was a beautiful, warm day – and lots of little friends, along with the comma, were out to play.
I was also rather in love with the light in general, without wanting to sound too pretentious. Autumnal, would you say?
As always, I’ve joined in with Darren’s brilliant My Sunday Photo linky. Please click on the camera below to see what other people have submitted. It’s always worth it.
Also, if you have five minutes, please pop back tomorrow when I’ve got another Behind The Book post, this time featuring the wonderful writer and blogger, Lucy Mitchell. Just in case you missed the return of the series last week, following my summer break, here’s a link to my interview with Richard Balls.
It feels like I’ve hardly taken any dragonfly/hawker photos this year, which is odd because I think they are fascinating.
To me, it feels like they are equally intrigued by what I’m up to. This one seemed very inquisitive, buzzing around me several times for a better look.
We made friends at Earsham Wetland Centre, near Bungay, which we visited for the first time yesterday. It’s a fantastic place. As the website reveals:
Earsham has been home to a collection of native wildlife and rare breed farm animals since 1976. Our wildlife reserve is home to a wide variety of wild animals that live on the scrapes and amongst the wildflowers that surround the paddocks. Mallard, Gadwall, Shoveler, Teal and Shelduck can usually be found dabbling in the shallow lakes, being occasionally joined by Oystercatchers, Redshank, Curlew and Lapwing.
We didn’t get to stay for long because Freya added another animal to the long list of things she is now terrified of.
Meet John. A 10-week-old orphaned fawn. Adorable, right? Apparently not.
No sooner had we arrived than Freya wanted to go home. We managed to get her to stay for an ice-cream in the end but then some chickens came under the picnic table and it was game over.
Poor Freya, it must be horrible to be so frightened. It’s come on all of a sudden. Any tips on how best to help her greatly appreciated.
I hope you’ve had a good week.
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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.
Another favourite was also flying so I came home happy enough.
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.