|My only flashy ornamental Cherry a few days ago|
|Yesterday: the blossoms are opening up fast and it's looking like my cover photo|
|One of my Plum trees with Forsythia behind.|
Spindly, I do try to prune 'by the book'
but really they just grow how they please!
|Forsythia - not strictly blossom but just putting this here anyway because I can,|
and yes I played with a 'soft focus' effect!
|Plum blossom against grey sky|
|So much better with blue sky!|
|My Greengage is a large tree and I only get a good harvest every 3-4 years due to disease, |
or the fruit not getting pollinated, like last year when it rained all through blossom time!
|Greengage against blue sky|
|A Plum blossom on the ground reflected in a dewdrop on the grass.|
Kicking myself for not having removed the blade of grass in the foreground!
|I love the pink of Peach blossom|
|Strange Peach fruit!|
Now, butterflies. I already have hundreds of photos of most of these common butterflies and have featured them here many a time..... but I can't resist the first butterflies of spring, and what I'd like to show here is how tatty some of these butterflies look. All of the butterflies I'm showing here overwinter as adults (i.e. as butterflies) with the exception of the Speckled Wood, which can overwinter as either adult or pupa. I wonder if some get nibbled at whilst in hibernation, or the weather/wind can harm their wings? I hope they have a chance to reproduce.
The one butterfly looking fresh is my first ever capture of a Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni), not a brilliant shot as I had to really stalk this one carefully and couldn't get close and it was in full sunshine. Brimstones also overwinter as adults and are great fliers and never seem to settle or feed. They do, obviously but I am only aware of them when they are flying by, quickly, and they fly a lot faster than I can follow them about the garden! They are one of the first butterflies to emerge in the spring and this is the only time that I see them, and their pale yellow colouring is a lovely sight. What was interesting here is that this butterfly settled on these leaves, but with its wings held together on its side. I think it was trying to hide from me by blending into the foliage, which they do remarkably well. I was lucky to spot it but had been following its flight path and knew it was here somewhere. Gotcha!
|Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) |
I think this is male as it has a brighter yellow colouring
but they all look yellow to me when I see them flying by
(or maybe I've only ever seen males!)
|Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) with a tiny spider top left corner!|
|Peacock (Inachis io) feeding on a Dandelion.|
I took this shot just because it hardly had any hind wings left!
I've already seen several Peacocks this year.
|First Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) of the year,|
which I spotted on corrugated iron covering some of our firewood!
|It too has some chunks missing from its wings!|
Elsewhere here in the garden and the surrounding countryside the change during this last week, since our first warm sunny day last Sunday, has been incredible. Daily I see more green, more flowers, more blossom and I'm now thinking, slow down! Oh that we could have a time freeze on blossom time and that first fresh foliage for a few weeks..... but I also want warmth and sun for my body and soul. Yes I know, I can't have it all!