Sunday, 26 April 2009


A shot of another Comma Butterfly.  It appears that these butterflies don't seem to worry about people getting to close to them, or it's that I am getting good at getting closer.

Another beautiful weekend here in Essex, warm and sunny.  But could do with a couple of days of rain to water our grass and fill up our waterbutts.

Thanks for taking the time to look.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Sunset over Mersea

Took a lovely walk last night, down to the sea wall. The weather was pretty much perfect last night, not too warm, but very still.

This is a HDR shot, as I didn't have my ND Grad filters with me last night. Also it's handheld (I must take my Tripod with me more often).

Use Photomatrix to produce the shot.

Hope you like it.

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Wall Brown Butterfly

Went for a great walk today over a place call Chest Wood, which is a village called Layer de la Haye in Essex.  There was hardly anyone around, and there was plenty of wildlife around.  

This shot is of a butterfly called a Wall Brown, it is a Satyr, and can often be observed sunbathing with its wings spread open.  It took only a little while for it to settle so I could get a good shot of it.

Also, over in the woods, we saw plenty of birds flying around and even a woodpecker.

Hope you like the shot.

Monday, 13 April 2009


Some gorgeous pear blossom form my garden, hopefully these will be pollenated by all the insects in the garden.  The pear tree has hundreds of blooms all over it.

Last year was a disaster, as there were no pears at all.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Some more Spring Shots

These 2 shots are from Fingringhoe Nature reserve, which we visited on Sunday.

Monday, 6 April 2009

Comma Butterfly

Well over the weekend it looked like Spring finally arrived to Essex. We went to Finginghoe Nature reserve and could see all kinds of life springing up.

The trees were getting their leaves, and there were lots of Bees and butterflies around.

One I managed to capture was a "Comma". These are very common and not so scared of a big lump like me coming towards them. I was kneeling on a bramble whislt taking this shot, but us photographers have to think of the shot before our pain. :-)

There were also lots of Peacock butterflies around, but they were not having any photographer coming close to them.

It was nice to see the carpark of the nature reserve almost full. There were lots of bird watchers and photographers over there. Some of the photographers have very big lenses, I guess they were trying to get shots of the many birds.

Well I hope you like the shots.