Swindale orienteering 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 meant plantation with brashings. I was out in the open with flowers and butterflies. The light was perfect for photographing butterflies. Knapweed attracted a brood of small skipper and I was eager to improve images I’d recently taken at Smardale
After flowers, came a butterfly extravaganza. The small skipper is distinctive in the way it holds its wings when feeding.
Jan Wiltshire is a nature writer living in Cumbria. She also explores islands and coast and the wildlife experience. (See Home and My Books.)