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Crickley Male Chalkhill Blue

By Glostopcat  
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

Tags: Close-up and macro Knapweed Glos Crickley hill country park Birdlip Chalkhill blue butterfly Wildlife and nature

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PattiW 12 24 2 United States
12 Aug 2012 12:49PM
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 8 66 5 Wales
12 Aug 2012 1:25PM
lovely details Ed.
exposure Plus
14 5.8k England
12 Aug 2012 1:28PM
Lovely detail Ed light & tone.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
12 Aug 2012 1:43PM
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
12 Aug 2012 1:48PM
Super image Ed, nice colour and detail,
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
12 Aug 2012 1:58PM
A superb image Ed............Sandy
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 1:59PM
Lovely detail and colour in this Ed and I loved your description. It took me right there to the fields! Smile
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
12 Aug 2012 2:04PM
Thought this might be yours, superb photography, sharp and clear!
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 2:55PM
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
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 3:24PM
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 3:37PM
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
Tibetan 5 3 England
12 Aug 2012 3:47PM
Excellent detail love it very nice colour, seldom seen here, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
12 Aug 2012 3:48PM
Top shot Ed.
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 4:11PM
Cracking shot, Ed.
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
12 Aug 2012 5:17PM
This is a cracker Ed one of your very best.

Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
12 Aug 2012 5:25PM
Beautifully colour and detail, Ed.

achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
12 Aug 2012 5:39PM
Nice one Ed, excellent detailed capture!


pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 5:51PM
Crickley Hill sounds like a beautifully natural place, and you took good advantage of the fine weather.
12 Aug 2012 6:28PM
A fine shot Ed,
12 Aug 2012 7:07PM
Smashing shot here Ed', lovely detail and colour.

John Smile
Steve_S Plus
12 181 3 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 7:48PM
Cracking capture Ed
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
12 Aug 2012 8:32PM
Many thanks for all your comments and clicks, and to Patti for the user award, it is greatly appreciated, Ed
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 8:52PM
This is wonderful Ed!
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 8:58PM
Wonderful detail on this one.
Can almost feel the butterfly.
celestun 14 29 14 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2012 12:09AM
Impressive depth of field from this tricky angle.

Great shot Ed!

Well done!

Ray42 10 3 England
13 Aug 2012 9:24AM

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

My thoughts too
13 Aug 2012 11:07PM
Excellent details Ed,superb capture..Lin
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
20 Aug 2012 11:08PM
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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