Cross-leaved heath, Erica tetralix and Marsh cudweed,
After flowers, came a butterfly extravaganza. I had time to study the small skipper and to take lots of close-up images. But I preferred my single Smardale image for its aesthetic quality. The small skipper is distinctive in the way it holds its wings when feeding.
That first orienteering event in Swindale took place through a downpour. The next event, at Simpson Ground , was on a beautiful day, although I heard competitors complaining: horrible, too much grot. They were in plantation with brashings. I was out in the open with flowers and butterflies. There are rare occasions when the light is perfect for photographing butterflies and you can hardly go wrong. Knapweed attracted a brood of small skipper and I was eager to improve images I’d recently taken at Smardale. I had recently seen them at Smardale and hoped to improve my photographs
Sequence of small skipper butterflies
Jan Wiltshire is a writer and naturalist living in Cumbria. She take photographs.