The red-tailed bumblebee is small and beautiful. In this wet July I’m photographing bees when the sun shines. I like the way the stigma of meadow crane’s-bill shows in colour, then casts its shadow on the veined petal. After overnight rain I thought if there were butterflies they’d be slow to warm up. I found a common blue on a plantain seed head and it stayed to be photographed. I couldn’t imagine what could go wrong. I had time to create the shot I wanted, my butterfly against a blue sky. Home with some fifty pictures. I couldn’t wait to see them on computer screen. I had great plans for them. So----
This common blue butterfly looks washed-out. Wear and tear damages them, and their colour fades. At least the photo shows the insect well, but a fresh butterfly is stunning..
A flock of linnet called overhead and settled in juniper bushes. Today, I didn’t see the male with his crimson breast but these are juveniles. The tiny beak and forked tail is distinctive. Listening to linnet calling to each other is rather like being in Yeats’ poem The Lake Isle of Inisfree. With bees loud about the thistles and grasshoppers chirruping.
I’m having fun taking macro images of flowers, then enlarging them to study their intricate and beautiful design.
Last time I showed lady’s bedstraw in detail. It grows in profusion on Scout Scar so here are flowers en masse.
Jan Wiltshire is a writer and naturalist living in Cumbria. She take photographs.