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Chasing Dreams

Male and female brimstone butterflies in a mating dance

Chasing Dreams

I spent a lovely afternoon at RHS Wisley Gardens yesterday, wandering through the pinetum and woodland areas, chasing butterflies. The woods in the pinetum are full of native bluebells. Their importance as a food source for butterflies and other insects was so evident in the number that we spotted! I found six different butterfly species in and around one small area of bluebells. Brimstone butterflies were by far the most numerous! They delighted us all with a dance of love, as the more vibrant males competed for the attention of the paler females. Pure magic! My featured image, of the male and female dancing together, is my entry for this week’s Fotospeed challenge. I’m including a gallery of all six butterfly species below; comma, large white, brimstone, green-veined white, peacock and speckled wood.

Male and female brimstone butterflies in a mating dance

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The Art Of Decoration

The Art Of Decoration

I usually love going into town to see the Christmas decorations and lights. This year I felt a bit let down! The mall decorations just seemed a bit cheap and tacky and there was hardly anything around the streets.

Some of the shops have been a bit more inventive. My favourite was this lovely display in Accessorize (featured image).

I decided to use my imagination a bit on the main mall display to create something a bit more pleasing to my own eye.

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All That Glitters

All That Glitters

After such lovely feedback from yesterday’s post I thought I’d treat you all to a golden bokeh to say thanks 🙂

My local gift shop has been re-branded as Apples & Pears and is an absolute treasure trove of shiny, pretty things! They are kind enough to let me photograph some of their gifts from time to time.

I really enjoy finding little, abstract gems in the details of ornaments. Hope you like them too!