My Sunday Photo – May 27th, 2018.

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“Oh, you’ve just missed one,” has been a familiar sentence for the last two years.

It seems I was always in the right place but at the wrong time to see a swallowtail butterfly – until this week.

Mark had Monday off and we went to Strumpshaw Fen where there had been reports of a swallowtail or two being ‘on the wing’. I have to say, I didn’t have much hope – especially as the sun went behind the clouds just as we arrived.

We walked to the spot where they had been sighted (and where a little cluster of photographers with huge lenses were camped) and after about a minute one flew in. Honestly, my heart soared at the sight of it – especially after the stress of last week.

We stopped long enough for me to snap a couple of photos and then carried on our walk. I was deliriously happy. Then, as we were walking along, another flew over the top of us. My shriek of delight probably scared most of the wildlife in the vicinity away.

I did spot this little one fluttering about.

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A nice man, who we had been chatting to about the butterflies, told me it was a banded demoiselle. Isn’t he stunning? Nice man showed me the photos he had taken on his camera with his big lens and the detail was mind-blowing.

Still, I’m pleased with what I snapped. I think this one might be a favourite.

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I hope you’ve had a good week. Please click on the camera below to see what other people have submitted for Darren’s My Sunday Photo link up.

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My Sunday Photo – April 29th, 2018.

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A rather predictable My Sunday Photo this week but who can resist bluebells? Certainly not me.

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We were supposed to take a family trip to Strumpshaw Fen to see them yesterday but it was raining and neither Freya nor my parents wanted to tramp about in the wet so just Mark and I went for an hour.

Even in the rain, it was lovely.

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This is the second year we’ve been to see them at the reserve and, just like last year, I frantically started taking photos of the few dotted about before we rounded a bend and there was just a carpet of blue. It was magical. And the smell! Oh, the smell.

One happy Tara.

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I was on a path here (as was Mark). Don’t worry, no bluebells were trampled.

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My Sunday Photo – February 18th, 2018.

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While we were out for a walk at Strumpshaw Fen, Mark spotted a kestrel hunting over a field. We stopped to watch and were amazed when it landed nearby – and even more so when it stayed long enough for me to take photos.

A volunteer in the information centre said it was a young one so maybe that’s why it was less cautious? Even with Freya’s non-stop chatter it stuck around for a bit.

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Hope you’ve had a good week – especially if it’s been half term.

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Also, please pop back tomorrow when I have another Behind The Book interview – this time with the amazing Elisabeth Gifford.

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