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Pictures from a Nature Reserve, Kent, England


Hallo again!

Coming into Autumn, I have posted a pic of a tree. There are quite a few insects around, I have posted pix of a Bronze Shield Bug, a Grasshopper, a Saw Fly, also few species of Fungi. A Small White Butterfly, a summer male, it only has one dark spot. I have also posted a pic of a Bird of Prey. As those of you who follow me know, I do not have any luck taking pictures of Birds. As usual this pic is only at a distance ( a hundred + yards ). It is possibly a Pale or Honey Buzzard or Goshawk; maybe a Sparrowhawk but looks far too big. I took a couple of pis of it resting on the cliff top. The second pic I enlarged using GIMP. GIMP is a free open source photoshop system. Found on CNET. Anyway, I hope you like my pix.

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How I take photographs of wildlife


This will be a bit like watching paint dry, but I thought I would post the photographs I took of a Common Blue Butterfly. I used an Olympus 820i Compact Digital Camera, with a limited zoom. Usually I only use the ‘Super close up’ facility on my camera. My zoom isn’t good enough for close up shots of small creatures. This time though, I thought this was a Silver Studded Blue Butterfly and I wanted a shot  even if it was a small pic, just so long as it confirmed it was a silver studded blue. As it turned out, this was a Common Blue Butterfly, the black line around the edge of the wings on top and underneath are thicker on a silver studded. So the first pic is on zoom from a distance. What I then did, was set it up for ‘super close up’ and took pix, slowly getting closer and closer, until i got a pic that filled my view. 

A steady hand is needed for this, which I don’t have, but I take enough pix so I usually end up with a couple of good shots. Another problem is the distance I begin to take the pix. As I edge my hand forward for the next shot – you move a leg or your body and the creature is off! – my balance goes forward making it harder to keep the steady hand to keep ‘super close up’ focused. I eventually, when I am lucky, get to within two inches of the creature, in this case a Common Blue Butterfly, still taking pix. I found that it also helps to keep your arms in to your body. Stick them out sideways and the creature is off again. Also look where you are kneeling. Bramble thorns are painful.

 

It has been suggested to me I make my life easier by trapping the creature, photographing it and letting it go. But where’s the fun in that!

Anyway, below is the entire set of pix I took of this Common Blue Butterfly. I took a risk towards the end and changed position, which worked. Enjoy!

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At this point the Butterfly began fidgetting so I stopped taking pix and kept still until it had settled down. I then began to move the camera above it to take pix looking down onto its wings. Near the end I slowly stepped behind it to try to get in closer.Image

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Pictures from a Nature Reserve on a drizzly day, Kent, England


 

 

 

It was quite windy but warm here in Kent today. With a smattering of very light rain. Below are pictures of a few moths and butterflies, insects and plants. The first picture is not very good, but I am curious if anyone knows why ants would climb up this flower? It is called Ragwort, poisonous to horses and cattle. You will often see this being dug up and removed from farmers fields where they keep livestock. But, the Ragowrt Moth uses it to feed its young, so we can’t remove it from nature completely. I took pix of the caterpillars too. There are also a couple of pix of the Common Blue Butterfly. I had hoped it was a Silver Studded Blue, but the black line surrounding the wings above and under are not thick enough. Never mind, but just look at the state of it from above. It has been through a lot in its short life!Image

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The Green Veined White Butterfly. Tricky to photograph.

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I posted this plant, the Mullein Plant, being mullered by the Caterpillar of the Mullein Moth a few weeks ago. It survived and is now flowering.

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Below is the Wild Flower Ragwort, with a Caterpillar from the Ragwort Moth feeding on it.

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Seascapes in Pictures


I don’t usually take pictures from the shore, there isn’t usually much to see, except a ship, a sea forest and the horizon. But I have added a couple of pix I have taken over the past few years. The first is a Sunset, looking across Pegwell Bay from Ramsgate to Sandwich and Richborough, Kent, England. To the left of the now demolished Richborough Power Station was Pfizer, Sandwich, in Kent, England. This is the place viagra was discovered. Now closed down. To the right of the power station is a 1980s experimental wind turbine. Many of these can now be seen creating sea forests….

The picture, although I didn’t realise it at the time, shows our energy sources. Nuclear power from the sun giving us solar power. Fossil coal power station, wind power turbine, tidal power. 

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This picture interested me due to the fact seeing these circles of light breaking through the cloud and the horizon tinged with pink,  in person it felt very atmospheric. The picture doesn’t do it justice, there were more out of frame toward France. The couple walking their dog on the beach were completely oblivious. This was taken from Ramsgate, Kent, England. The Ramsgate Royal Harbour entrance, the only Royal Harbour in the UK,  is just visible to the right. In the distance, Deal is visible near the brightest ring of light. On the other side of Deal out of sight is Dover.

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Spot the Birdie


Here we are again, another poorly taken photograph with the added bonus of my being able to use it in a spot the birdie competition. The picture is next, for some reason I have lost ‘add photo’ icon, so I have had to post it separately.

I will give the result 1st January 2013,

A Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year to you all.

Enjoy!

 

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Spot the Birdie


Spot the Birdie

Higgs boson


As someone with an appreciation of science, I am pleased it seems another piece of the jigsaw puzzle explaining how we are here, has been found.
But, how long before a scientist decides to begin ripping them open ‘to look inside to see what makes them tick’?
The Mayan calendar runs out in 2012, the Higgs boson has been found, which seems to be the bit that holds us together. Someone figures out how to split it apart, a cascade follows, everything dissolving to light. End of the world……
Fortunately, I believe the Mayans either just got fed up making another annual calendar ( isn’t a couple of thousand enough, already?), or the skill was passed from father to son – and we all know at some point son says to dad, I wanna go into show business…..

Well done for finding it though!

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