Our natural heritage is such an important part of all our lives and one we neglect at our peril.
Butterflies are just one of many beautiful creatures that encapsulated the word “graceful”. And it is not just the bright, colourful ones either, even a simple white one looks amazing.
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?
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.
This week’s photo challenge is weigh(less) and what could seem more weightless than a butterfly on your finger. In this case a green-veined white. It is also a lovely gentle reminder of summer on a cold January day.
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?).
Check out this week’s weekly photo challenge to see more “oops” photos
Personally I am not so good with transition. But I wonder how a caterpillar feels after it has transformed into a butterfly. Nature is pretty amazing.
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!
Click here for more examples of this week’s photo challenge – Grid
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.
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.
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.