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The main reason for the Swells Hill visit was to see and hopefully photograph the beautiful Adonis Blues Lysandra bellargus

A species I had never even seen beforeSmile
I was truly amazed by the electric blue colour of this pristine male

Many thanks to Jenny (Jenny-D), for her generous award, given to yesterday's upload - means a millionGrin

Catch up later - off to The Coppice to try and get the place ship shape for the coming bird seasonBlush


Adrian

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Lens:EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:1 Sep 2013 - 9:06 AM
Focal Length:100mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/14.0
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Manual
Title:Swells Hill 2013 No 3
Username:tomcat tomcat
Uploaded:3 Sep 2013 - 11:01 AM
Tags:Adonis blue, Blues, Butterfl;ies, Gloucs, GO4, Insects, Stroud, Swellshill, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
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Views:346
Unique Views:149

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TonyDy
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3 Sep 2013 - 11:38 AM

Superb shot, Adrian - you have captured the colour perfectly.
Tony

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annettep38
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3 Sep 2013 - 12:02 PM

it is a great colour you captured here, as you know I like them a lot.. Get them in the garden most of august.

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dmhuynh72
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3 Sep 2013 - 12:13 PM

nice bg with lovely colours Adrian.
see you next spring,
yung

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3 Sep 2013 - 12:47 PM

Beautiful colour indeed, fabulous capture Adrian (jealous!!!) Andy

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Chinga
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3 Sep 2013 - 12:48 PM

Top Shot! Congratulations! Grin
IB

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georgiepoolie
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3 Sep 2013 - 12:56 PM

Beautiful capture.

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Jenny-D
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3 Sep 2013 - 1:19 PM

WOW. Adrian, what a gorgeous image; amazing colour.... you must be one happy bunny Grin

Jenny Grin

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achieverswales

Stunning Adrian.

Regards

Trev.

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3 Sep 2013 - 1:53 PM

That is a blue to rival the Red-spotted Purple we see here-- a brilliant one for sure!

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chrisg7syt
3 Sep 2013 - 2:19 PM

Adrian, what a gorgeous image; amazing colour!!!!

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johnjo58
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3 Sep 2013 - 2:31 PM

One of your best Adrian, superb colour and detail, have a UA

David

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3 Sep 2013 - 3:06 PM

stunning macro shot love it. christineGrinGrinGrinGrin

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CarolG
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3 Sep 2013 - 3:09 PM

Absolutely stunning, Adrian, that colour is amazing. Thanks for the UA, wish I could return the compliment, but have used mine for today Sad Carol

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ali63
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3 Sep 2013 - 3:45 PM

He is a truly handsome Butterfly, never seen one SadSad we down have them round here,

Ali

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3 Sep 2013 - 3:49 PM

A most beautifully coloured butterfly and superbly captured.......Sandy

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DerekL
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3 Sep 2013 - 3:58 PM

A blue beauty for sure Adrian.

Derek

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darkocv
darkocv  4 Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of
3 Sep 2013 - 4:33 PM

nice color and contrast between foreground and background
pozdrav DArko

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Maiwand
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3 Sep 2013 - 4:35 PM

You are right on the button here Adrian. That is the most vivid blue I think I have ever seen on a butterfly. Fantastic.GrinGrinGrinSmileSmileSmileTongueTongueTongueWinkWinkWink
Ron

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3 Sep 2013 - 4:39 PM

What a beauty Adrian

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bluetitblue
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3 Sep 2013 - 4:50 PM

Great capture sharp from wing tip to wing tip F14 done the job just right and still got the BG good nice work Adrian.

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Trev_B
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3 Sep 2013 - 5:35 PM

Very well done Adrian, the colour and clarity of this image is wonderful.

Trev

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3 Sep 2013 - 5:39 PM

A beautiful capture of this gorgeous coloured butterfly
Ju

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3 Sep 2013 - 5:39 PM

perfect DOF management .. brilliant shot Adrian

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basith
basith  2 Sri Lanka
3 Sep 2013 - 5:58 PM

Well caught .

Basith

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ValeryAst
ValeryAst  2 Russian Federation
3 Sep 2013 - 6:18 PM

Masterpiece!Smile
Regards Valery

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Caziwinkles
3 Sep 2013 - 6:35 PM

Blue is the colour - beautiful image Adrian. Smile

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3 Sep 2013 - 7:00 PM

perfecto...............

David

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3 Sep 2013 - 7:15 PM

Stunning shot
Dave

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3 Sep 2013 - 7:18 PM

Beautiful capture!
Diane

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3 Sep 2013 - 7:18 PM

Wow Adrian....what an incredible image, just perfect, wish I had another UA

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3 Sep 2013 - 7:45 PM

A stunning close up of this vivid electric blue butterfly Adie, you've really nailed this one. The stick in the background is a tad distracting but that is only a minor blemish on what is a fabulous image

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3 Sep 2013 - 7:48 PM

Just PERFECT! Adrian.
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3 Sep 2013 - 7:51 PM

top draw Adrian.....now get back to your excellent bird shots your getting far to good at these lol Smile

Stace

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3 Sep 2013 - 7:55 PM


Quote: The stick in the background is a tad distracting but that is only a minor blemish on what is a fabulous image

The stick is the stem of the knapweed head he was perched uponWink

Ian Lavender character comes to mindBlush

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NigelKiteley
3 Sep 2013 - 7:58 PM

So pleased you nailed this lifer Adrian, what a stunning butterfly and capture!

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AlexAppleby
3 Sep 2013 - 8:00 PM

Excellent shot - they really do dazzle!

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3 Sep 2013 - 8:02 PM

One of your best yet Adrian,
Alan

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3 Sep 2013 - 8:54 PM

Quite awesome

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3 Sep 2013 - 9:34 PM

It's all be said already! Stunning, lovely BG and blue is unbelievable - next year I must come and look as I live in Glos.

Helen.

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3 Sep 2013 - 10:01 PM

Lovely shot Adrian. Beautiful colour. Cathy

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3 Sep 2013 - 10:10 PM

Absolutely stunning, Adrian!
Glad to make it 70!
Richard

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3 Sep 2013 - 11:06 PM

Its all been said above!! Class Image Adrian!!

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3 Sep 2013 - 11:30 PM

You keep raising the standard - this is a seriously beautiful butterfly.
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boov
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4 Sep 2013 - 6:44 PM

Stunner...

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john_starkey
4 Sep 2013 - 7:57 PM

Came out very nicely Adrian,

John.

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4 Sep 2013 - 9:25 PM

So glad your trip was worthwhile, and that EPZers have expressed their appreciation of this wonderful image with all their User Awards.

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mattberry
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4 Sep 2013 - 10:37 PM

Nice butt!

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8 Sep 2013 - 7:11 PM

Well worthy of the accolades Adrian
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18 Oct 2013 - 10:59 PM


Quote: Nice butt!

I think Adie will take that as a complement Matt, the last person to say that to him was probably either his missus after she'd had one too many G&T's or one of the barmaids at the Talbot Arms and they are normally under the influence of something rather strong!GrinTongue

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