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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
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PattiW
PattiW Plus 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  566 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2012 - 1:25 PM

lovely details Ed.
ant.

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12 Aug 2012 - 1:28 PM

Lovely detail Ed light & tone.
Pauline.

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CarolG
CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 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
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12 Aug 2012 - 1:48 PM

Super image Ed, nice colour and detail,
Fred.

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Daisymaye
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12 Aug 2012 - 1:58 PM

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

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AnnChown
AnnChown Plus Member 5195 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 Plus Member 1046 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 Plus Member 44026 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom110 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 Plus Member 585 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2012 - 3:24 PM

SmileSmileSmileTongueTongueTongue
Carole

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helenlinda
helenlinda Plus Member 7342 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom22 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
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12 Aug 2012 - 3:48 PM

Top shot Ed.
Ron

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TonyDy
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12 Aug 2012 - 4:11 PM

Cracking shot, Ed.
Tony

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fentiger
fentiger Plus Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England23 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 Plus Member 51308 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England143 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 9899 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1712 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
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12 Aug 2012 - 6:28 PM

A fine shot Ed,
Alan

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lifesnapper
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12 Aug 2012 - 7:07 PM

Smashing shot here Ed', lovely detail and colour.

John Smile

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Steve_S
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12 Aug 2012 - 7:48 PM

Cracking capture Ed
Steve

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Glostopcat
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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 Plus Member 432 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom80 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  1129 forum posts 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  7 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
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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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