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A Blue For Lou

A Blue For Lou

This was the first common blue butterfly that I found this season. Late and few in numbers! It’s a worrying year for many of our insects after the late wintry weather. To make matters worse grassland, verges, parks and gardens are being cut back far too early and too frequently. There’s absolutely no need for this cutting, there’s a very important need for grasses and wildflowers. My dear friend Lou always understood the importance of letting the grasses grow and flowers bloom. The little garden that I shared with her as her lodger was a haven for wildlife. Dear Lou was terrified of frogs though, which were numerous around the garden pond! Her cat, Smudge, regularly brought frogs into the house as a gift 😂 I often came to the rescue after one of these presentations, rescuing Lou, that is, from the poor little amphibians! I still miss Lou so much but, as ever, she is still with me in my heart and memories. She used to laugh at me chasing butterflies around! She would be very amused watching me over here in Kos chasing blues and coppers around the ancient ruins. She loved coming to the Greek Islands herself so I always feel close to her here. Today is her birthday and my little blue is dedicated to her life, spirit, energy and compassion. In many cultures around the world butterflies, particularly blues, are revered as the returning spirit of a departed loved one. Save butterflies and save souls 💙

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World Photography Day: Dryad Dance

Dryad Dance

World Photography Day: Dryad Dance

The world is but a canvas for our imagination

                                               Henry David Thoreau

This “canvas” was inspired by two dancing speckled-wood butterflies!

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Blue Monday: Blue Butterfly

Blue Butterfly

Blue Monday: Blue Butterfly

I love finding these pretty blue butterflies out among the wildflowers and grasses. They can be incredibly hard to spot, despite that amazing flash of blue, as this precious little creature is only about 1cm tall with its’ wings closed!

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Travel theme: Yellow

Travel theme: Yellow

Travel theme: Yellow

I thought it would make a nice change to share a photo of a British butterfly! This is a Yellow Brimstone that I photographed at RHS Wisley Gardens last Summer.

They’re fabulous little butterflies with petal shaped wings and ruby-red eyes. It’s nice to think of Summer and warmer days during this long, wet winter!

Here are some more butterflies and yellow flowers from that Summer’s day to warm everyone’s spirits!