Slow and steady

Moving slowly through the UK countryside

Getting up close to butterflies


Weekly photo challenge is ‘Masterpiece’ – the prompt shows part of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, in Barcelona, and I agree that it is an absolutely amazing building. So many mind-blowingly different ideas all in one place – one of the most impressive buildings I’ve ever visited, and Barcelona doesn’t just have one of his buildings, they’re everywhere. Definitely a place worth travelling to.

The masterpieces I’ve seen today though are much smaller. Wildlife of course. I spotted a blue-tailed damselfly this morning by the new pond, but it didn’t stay for a photo. The garden was full of butterflies and bees again too. The most popular flowers are lavender, valerian, marjoram, hollyhocks, hebes and sea lavender. Butterflies up close are just stunning.

Small White on lavender

Small White feeding on lavender – look at those eyes – and what an amazing tongue!

Small Tortoiseshell

Small Tortoiseshell on Sea Lavender (Limonium)

Author: Hedwigia

Gardener, wildlife geek, and very slow runner.

24 thoughts on “Getting up close to butterflies

  1. A true masterpiece of nature ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. That first photo is AMAZING!

  7. The small white photo is so stunning!

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  9. Oh wow! That first picture in particular has such incredible detail! Love them both, actually. I know you love nature but I bet photography brings an added layer to that interest. It really helps in spotting the things we might otherwise miss with a fleeting glance.
    As for Sagrada Familia, it should be on everyone bucket list of must see buildings. Incredibly beautiful.

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  11. Very cool photos! I love bugs up close, especially when they aren’t buzzing me.

    • Mmmm – not to keen on being buzzed – especially by flies – ugh! We kept getting little flies in our apartment on holiday, and they kept landing on us early in the morning – very annoying!

  12. Beautiful, especially that second one.

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