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Thursday, 28 June 2012

Thankful Thursday: Red Admiral Butterfly

Today, like a lot of my days, has been a Good Day if a tad phrenetic at times.  It's now 2230 and I'm going to finish this and go to sleep ready for an 0500 start and a three-day drive from one end of the country to the other.  I'm taking Anna home to Glasgow, picking up CJ on the Wirral and going to visit his Daughter-who-takes-photos and Son-in-law-who-loves-otters.  It should be an enjoyable and exciting 10 days.  

Earlier this week Anna and I were sitting in the sun in the garden having our morning coffee (didn't you just want that detail?) when a Red Admiral landed on the hebes.  I'm not sure how often I've seen Red Admirals in the garden but they are not frequent visitors and, as I've never blogged on them here in Eagleton, presumably I've never photographed one since I started the blog.  I managed a lot of shots of this one, some of which were useable:




So today I am thankful for the opportunity to sit and watch the world which, in turn, gives me the opportunity to see and photograph such wonderful creatures.

18 comments:

  1. These wonderful little flutter-by's are so friendly!! You did a wonderful job capturing this one, GB :)

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  2. Company, coffee, sunshine and a butterfly - you have many reasons to be thankful. Hope you enjoy your trip.

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    1. Thanks Pauline. I'm half way to CJ's at the moment. Should be there this afternoon (Saturday)

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  3. such a beauty! I've never seen one; I wonder if we have them here. I'll have to google.

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    1. You do get them in North America, Norma, (as you will by now have discovered) but I'm not sure of their range.

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  4. Lovely. I sat-and-watched for a while yesterday. First time for a long time. It was Good.

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    1. It's a real tonic when one does isn't it?

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  5. Here on the fields, I sometimes see an admiral, but never have my camera with me when that happens. Yesterday I saw a Bläuling from my kitchen window (they are small butterflies with blue wings, don't know their English name). From my childhood, I remember seem them very often, but they have become a rarity.
    Your trip sounds good!

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    1. I think your Bläuling will be what we call Common Blue in the UK and New Zealand (Blogged here). I can't recall seeing many on Lewis though.

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  6. what lovely photos. And your hebes look great. I have one in a pot which is pretty unhappy. I'm trying to find time to sit in front of the computer and watch lots of Youtube gardening how-to videos.

    Enjoy your 10 days of social travel, and I hope CJ enjoys his stay with you.(as I assume that is why you are picking him up)

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    1. Thanks Jenny. Those hebes do very well in the garden on Lewis as does the variety Veronica.

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  7. Lovely photos GB. Have a safe journey and see you on Monday :-)

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    1. Thanks Helen. In Bishopbriggs this morning. Your Dad's this evening. Looking forward to Monday too.

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  8. Amazing patterns on the underwings! Your photos are so crisp, GB. I can even see the little stripes on the antenae! Enjoy your travels!

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    1. Yes I was quite chuffed with the photo of the underwings. Thanks Lisa.

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  9. The Red Admiral is one of the few butterfly species I see around here (although not the most common one), sometimes in the early spring and then usually not again until later in the summer (probably a new generation then). It's a beauty. I hope I'll find them in my usual butterfly park again this summer - they've been making some changes in that park and neighbourhood since last year.

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    1. I hope you find them too, Monica. They are a lovely creature.

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