Category Archives: Nature photography

Butterfly explosion

Another baking August day and I think this year, more than any I can remember, has been a superb butterfly year. In our back garden stands a buddliea bush that must be a contender for the Guinness Book Of Records for the UK’s largest and it is smothered in butterflies just now. Mostly peacocks today,...

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Arkengarthdale and black grouse

Today I received a phone call about an ecology survey to be carried out on a farm in Arkengarthdale, a beautiful and remote valley in the Yorkshire Dales. That got me thinking about black grouse amongst other birds of the valley and so I thought I would post a photo I took in Scotland a...

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Summer Plumaged Turnstone

Just got round to processing a few shots from earlier this spring. I photographed this summer plumaged turnstone on a quiet beach on the Isle of Bute in early June. There were around 9 individuals in various stages of summer plumage, presumably all heading north but likely non-breeders given the date. Also on the Isle...

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Small Copper on Sea Holly

I’ve been playing with my new Fuji X Pro 1 which I bought to use in my commercial work but it is just lovely to carry around as a day-to-day camera. Here I used a x2 close-up filter on the 35 f1/4 to capture this small copper on sea holly among sand dunes on the...

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chilled out insects

Well, the cold, overcast weather may be good for photographing flowers but it is not helping our insects! Today I came across a small white butterflies in a coma on wild garlic and on the next leaf, a tawny mining bee was just as shocked! For those interested in such matters, these are taken using...

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