Brown

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After a pretty frustrating few hours at my desk, I stomped off out with the macro in the middle of the afternoon, in a very bad temper. Not having the time to go anywhere better, I walked up the village … Continued

Resting

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R and I made another early trip to Croome today, completing our walk just as the park was beginning to fill up and before the day became too hot. Most of the dragons at the lake this morning were male … Continued

Brown Hawker

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After the relief of a couple of cooler days, today’s temperature was back up in the high twenties and the humidity was through the roof; so I bunked out of another nature reserve walk, and went to Stratford for lunch … Continued

Fresh

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My find of the day at Oversley Wood this morning was this lovely, fresh Painted Lady, which given its pristine condition must have been born here – an offspring of migrants that arrived earlier in the summer from North Africa. … Continued

Titfer

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R says that this butterfly reminds him of a hat, perched at a stylish angle on the head of an elegant woman. I don’t know who he could be thinking of, but it certainly wouldn’t be me: although I do … Continued

Chillin’

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Tired after yesterday’s long day out in London, I struggled to get moving this morning. But if there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to get me walking, it’s the thought of a butterfly I haven’t yet photographed this year, and I … Continued

RAF 100

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R and I hadn’t planned to be standing on The Mall at lunch time today, as a hundred aircraft staged a fly-past over Buckingham Palace to mark the centenary of the formation of the RAF – in fact, we hadn’t … Continued

Peacock

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This is not the first Peacock I’ve blipped this year – that would be this one, nearly three months ago – but whereas that was one that had overwintered, this is a member of this summer’s brood. The MX-5’s brakes … Continued

Common

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Some insects spend their entire lives being dismissed by people: What’s that butterfly? Oh – it’s only a Meadow Brown… Look – is that a Hairstreak? Oh, damn – it’s just a Ringlet… That bee looks interesting! Oh wait – … Continued

Beauty light

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I have two offerings for you this evening – well, two plus three, really – all from an early walk this morning around Oversley Wood. My main image is a lovely fresh female Silver-washed Fritillary, nectaring on bramble in quite … Continued