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ShareMondays2019 – Pre-flight Check

Pre-flight Check

ShareMondays2019 – Pre-flight Check

I was driving down to RHS Wisley Gardens on Thursday afternoon when I spotted this kestrel circling the field opposite Wisley Church. There’s a small lay-by that I pulled into as the kestrel approached. I was absolutely thrilled when it took a perch on the cables nearby! I didn’t want to spook it, so grabbed the long lens, wound down the passenger window and managed to get a few images as it surveyed the surroundings, before taking back off to resume the hunt. A magical moment! Often when I spot wildlife from the car there’s nowhere to pull over and be able to watch or photograph what I’ve seen. This has to be my ShareMondays moment and I will add it to the Wex Mondays challenge too. Have a great week everyone!

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Shortlisted Again!

Rainbow Over Wisley Farmland

Shortlisted Again!

Wow! Two months in a row!! So happy to have been shortlisted again and especially for this rainbow image. It’s dedicated to a wonderful family member who is fighting illness in the most positive way. Stormy weather is often followed by a rainbow, sometimes the person facing that storm is the pot of gold that we should all be searching for inside ourselves.

If you like my image and want to help me get to the top of the leader board, you can vote for it by following the link below, clicking onto the photo in the gallery and “liking” it. The vote closes at midday on Saturday 3rd December. There are some great images shortlisted again so I hope you will enjoy them all! Have a great weekend, all you rainbow people 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Frhshome%2Fposts%2F10154107114046220&width=500

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Malay Lacewing Triptych

Malay Lacewing Triptych

I’ve been going to RHS Wisley’s Butterflies in The Glasshouse event since it’s inauguration in 2009 but today was the FIRST time I’ve spotted this beautiful little butterfly called the Malay Lacewing! I got EXTREMELY excited 😉

I wanted to put this triptych together to show you it’s delicate beauty from all sides and was very grateful to my subject for opening it’s wings for me 🙂

Today was also a lovely opportunity to spend a full-on photography day with my new brother-in-law, Kevin, who’s own photography, and that of my sister Helen, you can find on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ErosImageworks

It didn’t take very long for other visitors and photographers to figure out that following us was akin to getting their own guided tour, which was quite fun really.

So if you’ve not visited yet here’s a link to the details:
http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardens/Wisley/What-s-on/Butterflies

More butterfly and other photography from myself can be found on Facebook by clicking on the photo. Enjoy 🙂

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Sunset Beyond The Glasshouse

Sunset Beyond The Glasshouse

Another day enjoying the winter sun and photographing butterflies at Wilsey RHS. At this time of year the sun sets shortly after the Glasshouse closes its doors and a number of visitors and photographers all lined up to watch the spectacle.

I can’t think of a better place to watch a sunset nearby and it also brings back fond memories of looking over the barren site, as foundations were just being laid, with my lovely friend friend, Rachel. She lives up north now but in some places I can feel her presence even more than others.

Rachel is an expert on all things travel, career breaks, oversees volunteering and travel blogs! Visit her site http://www.thecareerbreaksite.com

Link to Wisley RHS through the photo

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Zebra Longwing Butterfly

Zebra Longwing Butterfly

January and February at RHS Wisley turn winter blues into tropical highlights with the wonderful Butterflies in The Glasshouse event. It opens officially on Saturday 12th but as with most years a few of the butterflies have emerged early giving the visitors a special preview of what’s to come. I can thoroughly recommend this event to all, just spectacular 🙂

The photo links to the RHS visitor guide