I’ve been doing a lot of challenges recently and it’s something I hugely enjoy. What I’ve realised though is that I’ve been spending a lot of time digging into the archives for photographs to fit. And whilst this is something I enjoy too, I love to be outdoors DOING rather than indoors THINKING.

Before I started blogging I used to give myself a weekly challenge and get out and about looking for suitable subjects to photograph. (There wouldn’t have been much point in issuing a challenge to myself just to go through my own photos for something to match it!)

Today I decide to go to Brockholes Nature Reserve and photograph butterflies. Well, there weren’t many around as it wasn’t all that sunny. But I did see lots of damselflies and dragonflies, some beautiful birds and lots of day-flying moths.

And so, for the first time in ages, I’m posting pictures on the same day they were taken. The dragonflies and damselflies photographs will need to wait until tomorrow…..

Two Burnets

Two Burnets ©HelenBushe


Two Burnets and a Bee

Two Burnets and a Bee ©HelenBushe


Idea Lutealis underside moth day-flying

Udea Lutealis ©HelenBushe


Idea Lutealis underside moth day-flying

Udea Lutealis ©HelenBushe


Laurie Graves · 2 July 2016 at 16:26

Oh, my! Those moths! They are spectacular.

    HMB · 2 July 2016 at 16:32

    Thanks Laurie. I’m so glad I’ve given them the attention they deserve. Often I’m guilty of looking right past them for butterflies.

      Laurie Graves · 2 July 2016 at 16:50

      There’s a lesson here 😉

        HMB · 2 July 2016 at 18:08

        In a word YES

Tony McGurk · 2 July 2016 at 15:13

Most Moths we see around here are plain looking Brown or Grey ones & Cabbage Moths. The Red & Black of the Burnets is wonderful. Great Macros Helen.

Marga Demmers · 2 July 2016 at 09:25

The burnets are striking. In our garden we also see a lot of moths and when we try and look them up, we are always amazed about the varieties.
I recognize the situation of leafing through the archives to find a suitable photo for a challenge, while aching to go outdoors and hunt for pictures. That is why I not always take part in challenges in spite of liking them very much.

cwaugh212 · 2 July 2016 at 01:04

Nature has so many beautiful creatures and you always seem to capture their images perfectly. I love your signature red on the Burnets.

suzannerogersonfantasyauthor · 1 July 2016 at 22:54

A big fat WOW from me, these pics are stunning! I love moths, but I’ve never captured any shots like this before. I hope my new camera phone is up to the challenge.

    HMB · 1 July 2016 at 23:25

    Thanks Suzanne. I’m glad there weren’t any butterflies around today . If there had been I’d never have enjoyed watching these moths.

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