butterfly

Fragile

No weekly photo challenge this week so thought I used the daily prompt “Fragile” instead.

Butterflies are amazing creatures. Seemingly fragile they manage to survive all an Irish summer can throw at them; some get a bit battered looking but they are no less beautiful.

Why not plant a few flowers in your garden to attract some of these wonderful creatures?

 

Jubilant – Weekly photo challenge

When you see something as beautiful as this peacock butterfly it is hard not to stop in your tracks. When I managed to capture the beauty in a photograph I felt a great degree of satisfaction!  This week’s photo challenge is Jubilant, adjective: showing great joy, satisfaction, or triumph; rejoicing; exultant.

peacock butterfly

peacock butterfly

Weekly photo challenge – Oops

I have more blurred shots in my collection that I would ever admit too! Then there is the problem of wildlife just moving too fast and disappearing from view, or just getting the timing totally messed up.

And then occasionally you mess up and still get something you weren’t expecting, and it makes it all worth while. All I can say is that goodness for digital cameras where I can make plenty of mistakes and not go bankrupt as I may have done in the age of prints and slides (do you remember those days?).

Butterfly and hoverfly

Butterfly and hoverfly

Check out this week’s weekly photo challenge to see more “oops” photos

Weekly photo Challenge – Grid

As a gardener it is always a challenge keeping Large White Butterflies away from cabbages and other brassicas. These butterflies along with other white butterflies often collectively called Cabbage Whites lay their eggs on cabbages and related plants. Once they hatch the caterpillars can do a lot of damage eating the leaves. Here, despite my grid netting, the butterfly still managed to get inside! I have seen them physically trying to force themselves through netting!

Large White butterfly

Large White butterfly

Click here for more examples of this week’s photo challenge – Grid

Weekly photo challenge – Inspiration

I step outside with my camera and all around me is inspiration – trees, plants, flowers, bees, butterflies, hills, sky, clouds, landscapes, gardens. Here are just a few of the things that have inspired me this week.

For more inspiration see this week’s photo challenge.

 

Close Up

This week’s photo challenge is “Close-up”. I like taking photos of insects and flowers, so the first photo ticks both boxes. I love the way this solitary bee (possibly a Megachile species) is totally totally covered in pollen. It is of course exactly what the flower wants, as the bee, when it moves off to a new flower, will bring the pollen with it.

Solitary bee on thistle flower

Solitary bee on thistle flower

The butterfly in the photo below is called a green-veined white because the underside of its wings (which you can’t see) are greeny-white and have a distinct vein pattern.

Green veined white

Green veined white