Friday, 25 July 2008

Having a break.

My camera is still very much a 'new toy' and I like to sieze every opportunity to take some photographs. Since the first butterfly of the year, I have been trying to get a close up of one. I've often been seen chasing a butterfly around the garden with my camera in my hand, ready to call out 'say cheese' as soon as the little blighter lands on a flower. I've even tried waiting close to a butterfly-friendly bush such as Hebe or Buddleia, but always without success. Yesterday, to my huge delight, this wonderful Red Admiral fluttered past all the tempting flowers in the garden and settled on a rock. I ran indoors to grab my trusty camera and, to my amazement on my return, the little chappy was still there obviously enjoying a short break from his daily toil. I fired off a couple of shots on full zoom and then started to close in for something better. That was when he decided he'd rested enough and took to the air once more. I followed him hopefully across my garden but nothing would tempt him to settle again. Still, I got this shot so I'm not displeased, and maybe he'll came back to pose again one day. I hope so.


  1. Great photo John, but its a peacock butterfly not a red admiral!

  2. Thanks for that Kelly. I'm afraid I'm quite ignorant in such matters and think that anything that looks reddish and flutters must be a Red Admiral. Thanks for putting me straight.

  3. I don't care what it is.... It's beautiful !!!!!!