Keeping with the macro theme of the last couple of days, I spotted this green fly glinting in the sun this afternoon in the garden. I love the red of the eyes that stand out so well.

I take a lot of photographs every day, but rarely publish more than one or two. Indeed I have a lot of photographs that I haven’t even processed which seems a shame, so here’s, hopefully, the first of a few catch up posts.

Yesterday we had a great walk around Rowney Wood, a lovely wood between Thaxted and Saffron Walden – you’ll find it almost opposite the main entrance to Carver Barracks as you head towards Debden in Essex. We spent around an hour strolling around the woods and saw many species of butterfly, all of which are shown in this image.

Of the butterflies going clockwise from top left we have:

  • Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
  • Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)
  • Large Skipper (Ochlodes faunu)
  • Comma (Polygonia c-album)
  • Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)
  • Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)

There was a species of butterfly that we often see in the woods but didn’t see yesterday which is the Peacock (Aglais io)…that’s the caterpillar you see here – there were hundreds of these busily devouring nettle leaves.

We had our first walk in Rowney Woods this afternoon for the first time in 2 or 3 weeks…the growth is amazing. We went, amongst other things, to find some dragonflies to photograph, but they had all cleared off…leaving a whole host of butterflies and moths dashing about…but my favourite photograph of the day had to be this Long-jawed Orb-weaver Spider (Tetragnatha extensa), also known as the Common Stretch Spider.

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Popped out between showers this evening to catch some of the bugs that were flitting around. This fly was having a paddle on a leaf.

A quick run into the garden between football games to grab this macro shot of the stock dwarf we have growing in the hanging baskets.

An accidental photographic opportunity are always good. Debbie was making some coffee and chocolate muffins – she added some sunflower oil to the milk and along I came to capture what happened next.

The muffins are lovely, by the way.


I really should have paid more attention to this plant when I was photographing it…I have no idea what it is and all the pictures I have of it are these close up shots. Never mind, thought they made a pretty interesting triptych anyway.

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Another glorious day today found us walking around Rowney Wood near Saffron Walden. I deliberately only took my macro lens with me (instead of doing my usual and lugging about 5 lens around…and only using 1 of them!), well, it was a very warm 25°C.

We saw many butterflies, moths, damselflies, dragonflies, hoverflies, along with the usual bird activity. We saw a new dragonfly for us – a broad chaser (both a female and a male) – which we haven’t seen before in these woods. Today’s picture is of the Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula), which isn’t large at all – along with the main image I’ve included a closer version and a Speckled Wood butterfly (Pararge aegeria) below as well.

Speckled Wood Butterfly - Pararge aegeria

Large Red Damselfly - Pyrrhosoma nymphula-2

I took a stroll down the Flitch Way this afternoon, in particular the Dunmow Cutting part of it. I was looking for a specific shot, but didn’t find it, but came home with this shot of a rather large daisy.

When in doubt I have recently been rummaging around in the hanging baskets in the garden. It’s been a day of sunshine and showers today and I noticed the first flower (on the left) with the 3 droplets of water perfectly placed – this was natural and not me adding water after the fact 😉 So I thought I’d make a triptych of the 3 flowers.