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Blue Monday: Wings Of Wonder

Blue Morpho Butterfly

Blue Monday: Wings Of Wonder

Sadly, Jeanne at Backyard Neighbor has lost her internet provider for her home and cannot carry on hosting Blue Monday. I am considering offering to host it here but would like some advice on simple linking tools from anyone else who hosts a challenge! Also, who would be interested in sharing beautiful blues to help brighten up the day?

It’s now the second week of Butterflies In The Glasshouse at RHS Wisley Gardens and my blue images today are of the amazing Blue Morpho. This is one of the most popular butterflies at the event due to it’s size and iridescent blue wings. The butterflies open their wings in the sunshine to warm themselves and the light reflects from the tiny scales covering the surface. They become more vibrant depending on the strength and angle of the sunlight.

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Blue Monday: The Apple Of My Eye

Sweet Treat For A Blue Tit

Blue Monday: The Apple Of My Eye

Rosie

The apple of my eye is my goddaughter Rosie! Today is her eleventh birthday but she won’t get to see my Happy Birthday post for a week as she’s spread her wings, like the birds and butterflies, and flown (well ferried, but that doesn’t fit my photos!) over the English Chanel to France on a school trip. The girls weren’t allowed to take anything with a WiFi or Network Data connection, probably so they actually focus on getting to know France rather than their phones. I can see a certain amount of sense to this but the internet can also be such a useful tool when traveling! So I can’t send her a Birthday email but we did all gather together yesterday for a lovely birthday lunch! These photos were all taken at a visit to RHS Wisley Gardens during the February half-term holiday.

Happy Birthday Beautiful Girl!

Blue Monday is hosted by Jeanne at Backyard Neighbor
Smiling Sally

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Blue Monday: Marvelous Morpho

Mirrored Morpho

Blue Monday: Marvelous Morpho

The Common Blue Morpho is one of the largest of all tropical butterfly species with a wing span of 75-200mm. This is peleides, a subspecies of Morpho helenor. Because of its name I would like to dedicate this post to my friend Helen on her birthday! I hope you will all enjoy my gallery of this stunning creature.

Part of Smiling Sally’s Blue Monday
Smiling Sally

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Blue Morpho

Blue Morpho

Blue Monday

Have you been feeling the blues today? I was, so I lost myself in work for a while and let the Blue Morpho and other blue butterflies at RHS Wisley Gardens, including the Blue Diadem and the Clipper Blue-subspecies, carry away my woes.

Then I left the warm and beautiful Glasshouse and returned to the pouring rain and darkness that has plagued the South of England all winter!

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Flights of Fancy

Flights of Fancy

So I did say there’d be a few more butterfly images over the coming weeks and I’m starting with a montage that’s a little more than it first appears.

The two butterflies pictured are a Blue Morpho (left) and a Clipper, blue sub-species, (right). Both subjects were resting on the glass to capture the suns rays which gave me an unusual opportunity to photograph the translucence of their wings. Some of what you see, on the Morpho in particular, is the patterning of the underside of their wings.

The Butterflies In The Glasshouse event runs until the 24th Feb at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey. For more details visit their website http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardens/Wisley/What-s-on/Butterflies

I’ll be sharing all my photographs of the event on my Facebook page which you can link to by clicking on the image