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Peacock Butterflies

peacock butterflies

September 1, 2016 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Up High Above River Tweed

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September 1, 2016 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Painted Lady 1

butterfly

August 31, 2016 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Peacock Butterfly and Buddleia

peacock and buddleia

September 11, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Red Admiral 2

Red Admiral

Lots of butterflies on The Net (though butterfly nets themselves have an Edwardian aura) – but all this summer I have wanted to capture on camera a red admiral with its wings outstretched. It is now the edge of autumn, pace blue skies and balmy September weather.  So on this last remaining budding buddleia, here was an obliging red admiral. October 1st today. I don’t suppose I shall see many more butterflies this year.

Red Admiral 2

Red Admiral 3

October 1, 2014 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Almost the last buddleia in full flower, almost the last butterfly of the year. The underwings of red admirals are such a pretty sight.

 

September 22, 2014 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Leaves and Light Above the Tweed

Leaves and Light

August 2, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Buddleia and Butterfly

Butterfly and Buddleia

Walking along Nun’s Walk, high above River Tweed, the buddleias that have been bare all summer, and were bare all last summer until September, are now swarrming with butterflies, their shadows darting over the pathway as I walk past and send them flying up. But this one I caught sipping the nectar with its wings outstretched.

August 2, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Peacock Butterfly on Comfrey by River Tweed

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Good to see the butterflies in action from early in the year, after their almost complete absence from this part of the world last year.  Insects everywhere, one notices that humming in the air, and their clustering on plants they enjoy.  I am keeping a watch on the buddleia along Nun’s Walk, in the hope that when the flowers come out they will once more be covered in butterflies and bees.  In the meantime, the wildflowers that were planted in the raised bed in the vegetable garden are beginning to show above the soil, helped by the intermittent rain and sun; though some of the growth is undoubtedly grass sprung from dropped birdseed.  I am working in the Tardis on the Hare book, listening to the Gypsy King, every now and then getting up to watch the birds out of the window as they cluster round the bird table.  There are a couple of greedy ring doves, but they are too pretty to shoo away. Besides, a bird is a bird. The Midnight Hare is coming along, I think he needs some charismatic eyes.

May 9, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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