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A male chalkhill blue butterfly basking in the summer sunshine at Crickley Hill near Gloucester on Thursday morning. I saw a good number of chalkhill blues on the limestone grassland around the Iron Age hill fort and on the sheltered slopes of Crickley Bottom. The area around the hillfort was a riot of colour as great numbers of summer flowers like knapweed, thistles, field scabious, harebells and birdsfoot trefoil were out in bloom and there were numerous butterflies, bees and hoverflies to be seen which has been a rare sight in this miserable summer. Unfortunately the weather has taken a turn for the worse again and we are back to wind and rain.Sad

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon IXUS 107
Lens:5.0 - 20.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 27.5 - 109.9 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:9 Aug 2012 - 10:13 AM
Focal Length:5mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/2.8
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:80
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Auto, Did not fire
Title:Crickley Male Chalkhill Blue
Username:Glostopcat Glostopcat
Uploaded:12 Aug 2012 - 12:39 PM
Tags:Birdlip, Chalkhill blue butterfly, Close-up / macro, Crickley hill country park, Glos, Knapweed, Wildlife / nature
Votes:59
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PattiW
PattiW e2 Member 9PattiW vcard United States2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2012 - 12:49 PM

The one thing we can say about the weather this year, everywhere I guess is that it is a mess. But you have managed to capture this beautiful butterfly in a lovely setting none the less. Nice write up also. A true winner. I don't need to look any further to place my award this morning and I have not even finished my first cup of coffee! God bless, Patti SmileSmileSmile

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zapar40
zapar40  466 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2012 - 1:25 PM

lovely details Ed.
ant.

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exposure
exposure e2 Member 101311 forum postsexposure vcard England
12 Aug 2012 - 1:28 PM

Lovely detail Ed light & tone.
Pauline.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2012 - 1:43 PM

This one's a belter, Ed, beautiful colour and markings, and posing so well for you. Sorry to hear the bad weather has returned, it's still pretty hot here, but I did wake up to some cloud cover this morning, though it has rapidly dispersed now and is just blue, blue, blue Smile Carol

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
12 Aug 2012 - 1:48 PM

Super image Ed, nice colour and detail,
Fred.

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2012 - 1:58 PM

A superb image Ed............Sandy

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2012 - 1:59 PM

Lovely detail and colour in this Ed and I loved your description. It took me right there to the fields! Smile
Ann

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2012 - 2:04 PM

Thought this might be yours, superb photography, sharp and clear!

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 33120 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2012 - 2:55 PM

A rather stunning macro photograph depicting this ever so handsome looking Male Chalkhill Blue, stunning detail and natural colours running throughout. An image of immense quality.

Regards Nathan

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2012 - 3:24 PM

SmileSmileSmileTongueTongueTongue
Carole

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2012 - 3:37 PM

A real beauty Ed Smile
Glad that you had some good weather for your visit - its been raining most of the afternoon here in Birmingham SadSad
Helen

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
12 Aug 2012 - 3:47 PM

Excellent detail love it very nice colour, seldom seen here, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2012 - 3:48 PM

Top shot Ed.
Ron

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TonyDy
TonyDy e2 Member 5TonyDy vcard United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 - 4:11 PM

Cracking shot, Ed.
Tony

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2012 - 5:17 PM

This is a cracker Ed one of your very best.

Albert

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41035 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England134 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2012 - 5:25 PM

Beautifully colour and detail, Ed.

Dave

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achieverswales
12 Aug 2012 - 5:39 PM

Nice one Ed, excellent detailed capture!

Regards

Trev.

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8755 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1589 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2012 - 5:51 PM

Crickley Hill sounds like a beautifully natural place, and you took good advantage of the fine weather.

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Alan_Baseley
Alan_Baseley e2 Member 13321 forum postsAlan_Baseley vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2012 - 6:28 PM

A fine shot Ed,
Alan

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2012 - 7:07 PM

Smashing shot here Ed', lovely detail and colour.

John Smile

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Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 8176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2012 - 7:48 PM

Cracking capture Ed
Steve

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2012 - 8:32 PM

Many thanks for all your comments and clicks, and to Patti for the user award, it is greatly appreciated, Ed

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gingerdelight
12 Aug 2012 - 8:52 PM

This is wonderful Ed!
Carol

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2012 - 8:58 PM

Wonderful detail on this one.
Can almost feel the butterfly.
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celestun
celestun e2 Member 1029 forum postscelestun vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
13 Aug 2012 - 12:09 AM

Impressive depth of field from this tricky angle.

Great shot Ed!

Well done!

Tim

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Aug 2012 - 9:24 AM


Quote: Lovely detail and colour in this Ed and I loved your description. It took me right there to the fields! Smile
Ann

My thoughts too

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Aug 2012 - 11:07 PM

Excellent details Ed,superb capture..Lin

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Mavis
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20 Aug 2012 - 11:08 PM

Beautiful and sharp & perfect colouring . Haven't been there for 25 years or more but this did bring back the enjoyment of Summer xxSmileSmileSmile

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