The earlier pictures were taken on my wee compact Canon ixus 970IS, which involved sneaking up on the butterflies. This can be very frustrating when they fly off, but very rewarding when they don't!

Since 2012 I have been using a Panasonic Lumix FZ150, which allows me to zoom in to the butterflies from a couple of metres away.



Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Northern Brown Argus - Aricia artaxerxes

I have just been sorting through some pictures from earlier in the year. It seems appropriate, when we are only a few days away from the shortest day, to put up some pictures I took a couple of days before the longest day this summer. These are some lovely little Northern Brown Argus - Aricia artaxerxes which I saw in the Lammermuir Hills in June. It is great to think that in five days time the days will gradually start getting longer again!






7 comments:

  1. My goodness, it's gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. The good think about your camera is that you get everything in focus!

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    1. Hi Maria. They are beautiful wee things. It is only in Scotland where they have the white spots on the wings. This is very striking when you see it in the field.

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  2. Your images are crisp and lovely as usual and I can see that your passion has not abated.

    We celebrate the winter solstice. We have glutinous rice dumplings with a variety of fillings - red bean paste, sesame seeds paste, peanuts and others in a clear soup of ginger syrup to keep away the winter chill (in China, not in tropical Malaysia, though the tradition is still being observed).

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    1. That sounds lovely! We have just returned from Edinburgh where we visited the German market and ate too much chocolate, crepes and mulled wine!! We certainly needed something to keep away the winter chill. It was only four degrees, rainy and windy.

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  3. Hello Nick!
    Thanks for your kind visit!
    I am indeed still busy figuring out a few things on my new Mac, it is quite a step from a PC!
    But I already love it!
    How nice to bring us some lovely sunshine through those summer pics, Argus are really beautiful butterflies!
    Enjoy your last 2014 days, and I wish you a great new year with many fantastic photo opportunities... and good weather!! ;-)

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    1. Thanks Noushka. I am looking forward to warm weather again!

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  4. Many thanks Nick for your thoughts and lengthy comment; naturally I agree totally, it was my point in this post.
    Unfortunately, I believe the cause is lost, so do many photographers I have met recently who travel worldwide and see appalling things. Although many of us are very aware of the disasters ahead, no government will ever lift a finger to get humanity on the right track. I am happy to be old enough to be no witness to our self destruction.... Chin up, its nearly New Year's Eve!! LOL!

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