Sunday 2 August 2009

Local Patch - Quick garden update

Once again dodgy weather and decorating needs restrict getting out and about to the garden, but what a day it has been. First decent warm and sunny one for a while really did bring out the butterfly again, plus a few others.

I took a tea break from plastering sat in the garden and was amazed at the numbers I saw. I counted up to about 50 either in the air or sat down all over the place. In fact some individual rocks were getting overcrowded with Painted Ladies So we have had Large and Small Whites, plus Green Veined in abundance, tens and tens of Ladies, many Peacocks, plus a Common Blue, Speckled Wood and a Comma. Each of the last three avoided the gaze of my lens.

There were also numerous ladybirds, plus a number of hoverflies different varieties followed by a very close encounter with a female Southern Hawker. I took the camera up to the pond to get an image but was blessed with her just flying around me at very close quarters as she was 'hawking' for food. It was a privilege to watch at such close quarters.

As you will see from the images below, the Painted Ladies just do not seem to care where they land. One seemed very happy in the bird feeder tray.

Small White on Buddleia


Painted Lady on the rocks (good name for a cocktail)

Painted Lady and a Comma, showing the white trademark 'comma' on the undersides

Painted Lady on bird seed tray

Hoverflies - erm? well sort of busy

Well it looks like the Canon 180 f3.5L macro lens has been used more than any other lens this year so far. I synchronised my image library in Adobe Lightroom v2 on Saturday and checking the metadata attributes, the 180 macro now has over 1500 shots taken with it, followed closely behind by the 500 with the 1.4 converter attached.

Right - off for some more guitar practice now. Some of you from CFF forum will know what I am on about.



  1. Great photos! I love macro photography.

  2. Hi Diane,

    Many thanks for your kind comments, and welcome to our blog