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Asphodel Meadows

By mattberry    
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.

Tags: Greece Green hairstreak Asphodel Holly blue Asphodelus aestivus Wildlife and nature Greenwings Wildlife tour

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Silverzone 10 2 England
15 Aug 2012 8:05PM
Stunning. Sylvia

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paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2012 8:11PM
Great image captured.
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2012 8:40PM

Quote: This was paradise for the ancient Greeks.

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

howdog 9 25 1 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2012 9:07PM
Stunning image !Smile
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2012 9:52PM
Very good shot, Matt.
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2012 10:27PM
Lovely composition, beautiful light and subject. IB
fishiee 14 478 3 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2012 11:52PM
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.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
16 Aug 2012 5:49AM
A fantastic image, Matt. I have never seen a green hairstreak in Crete, but certainly no shortage of asphodels Smile Carol
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
16 Aug 2012 8:31PM
What a fabulous array of colours in this beautiful image, a great advertisement for the flora and fauna of Crete

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