This week’s photo challenge is structure.
I chose this photo for two reasons. Firstly, I like the detailed structure of the ragworth flowers, in particular the difference between those fully open and those just beginning to unfurl their petals. Secondly, I enjoy watching pollinators and the colours of this little hoverfly mean you really notice the structure of it’s abdomen.
Bees, butterflies, pretty flowers – stop me in my tracks every time. I could try a gallery of all, but decided to stick to some of our wonderful Irish butterflies.
Ireland has 32 resident and 3 common migrant butterfly species. Europe-wide many butterfly species have suffered declines in recent years (Report).
Inspired by this week’s Weekly photo challenge – Ooh shiny
This week’s photo challenge is Elemental – to somehow capture the elements of earth, air, water, and fire. I always love that place where earth and water meet. And here the addition of a sunset over the ocean adds a hint of fire. And air – well you just need to imagine it all around you.
The jelly texture of the jellyfish contrasting with the sand, on a beach in Wales, UK.
This Herring gull was so used to human visitors, it was quite happy to preen while I took some photographs. I thought I’d put together a gull Collage.
I have perhaps more than my fair share of out-of-focus photos of bees. But it is quite cool to get them in flight.
Buff tailed bumblebees, Bombus terrestris, are one of the twenty species of bumblebee found in Ireland. They are very similar to white-tailed bumblebees, Bombus lucourum, in fact they are so similar that it is impossible to tell the workers apart. The Queens, who emerge in spring, are quite distinct though.
As the name suggests the buff tailed bumble has indeed a tail that is buff coloured (see photos above). While the white tailed bumbles (see photos below) have much whiter tails. On closer inspection, you may also notice the difference in the yellow banding. The yellow bands on the white tailed bee are more lemon yellow.
Inspired by today’s Daily Prompt: Buff
A puff of wind and they are gone!
via this week’s Photo Challenge: Evanescent
Our natural heritage is such an important part of all our lives and one we neglect at our peril.