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Asphodel (Asphodelus aestivus) - a beautiful and nectar rich plant of the Greek spring. One enjoyed by many butterflies, such as Green Hairstreaks, Holly Blues, Swallowtails and Green Underside Blues. This shot was taken during a wildlife tour I led in Greece this spring.

In Greek Mythology The Asphodel Meadows was a place where the majority of the dead would end up, being a place where those who were neither good nor bad would end up. It was not of course described in the best of lights, being a place where people acted like a mindless group. These individuals were said to have drank from the River Lethe to forget their previous lives.

The living were meant to aspire to achieve an afterlife in the Elysian Fields, a place where heroes would spend eternity after their deaths. This was paradise for the ancient Greeks.

Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Asphodel Meadows
Username:mattberry mattberry
Uploaded:15 Aug 2012 - 8:02 PM
Tags:Asphodel, Asphodelus aestivus, Greece, Green hairstreak, Greenwings, Holly blue, Wildlife / nature, Wildlife tour
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Silverzone
15 Aug 2012 - 8:05 PM

Stunning. Sylvia

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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Aug 2012 - 8:11 PM

Great image captured.
Matt

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85859 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
15 Aug 2012 - 8:40 PM


Quote: This was paradise for the ancient Greeks.

......and for these beautiful butterflies tooWink

Adrian

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howdog
howdog e2 Member 525 forum postshowdog vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Aug 2012 - 9:07 PM

Stunning image !Smile
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TonyDy
TonyDy e2 Member 5TonyDy vcard United Kingdom
15 Aug 2012 - 9:52 PM

Very good shot, Matt.
Tony

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
15 Aug 2012 - 10:27 PM

Lovely composition, beautiful light and subject. IB

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fishiee
fishiee  10460 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Aug 2012 - 11:52 PM

Simply exquisite Matt!

Love the contrast between the flower and the background and the 2 butterflies really add to it. That Green Haistreak is a stunner! The butterflies on their own aren't anything too special, but as an image overall I really like this a lot.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
16 Aug 2012 - 5:49 AM

A fantastic image, Matt. I have never seen a green hairstreak in Crete, but certainly no shortage of asphodels Smile Carol

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16 Aug 2012 - 8:31 PM

What a fabulous array of colours in this beautiful image, a great advertisement for the flora and fauna of Crete

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