By CaroleS
Nick and I have not managed to capture many butterflies this year. In this image one of the antennae was over one eye, but it was the best angle I could do without landing in the brambles! Not brilliant but at least a record of the week of sunshineSmile

A big thank you to Barbara, Carol, Julia and Ann for your User Awards on The Bride and to everyone else who took the time to comment and vote. Your support is much appreciated.

Best wishes

Tags: General Close-up and macro Gatekeeper Wildlife and nature

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Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
31 Jul 2012 1:57PM
Great effort Carole.....


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31 Jul 2012 1:59PM
still ended up with a good capture good light and detail

31 Jul 2012 2:16PM
this really is so natural and wonderful looking to me.
franken Plus
14 4.1k 4 Wales
31 Jul 2012 2:24PM
Lovely close-up Carole.

Very nice detail in this image Carole. Good composition Smile Love it Smile

PattiW Plus
11 24 2 United States
31 Jul 2012 2:52PM
Wonderfully captured, reallly like the backlighting and great detail, Patti SmileSmileSmile
AnnChown Plus
7 199 1 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2012 3:21PM
Love his furry head! Nicely done Carole!
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
31 Jul 2012 3:29PM
Well, looks good to me, Carole, a very nice capture Wink Other than visiting the butterfly house in Tropical World in Leeds, I've seen very few about this year. Think they've all gone to somewhere warmer for their hols! Smile
Trev Smile
Richsr Plus
9 91 223 England
31 Jul 2012 3:44PM
Like the light and colour Carole good details too
Regards Richard
RonnieAG Plus
7 153 116 Scotland
31 Jul 2012 3:50PM
I have still to see a butterfly this year: love the subdued directional light here......beautifully captured, Carole.
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
31 Jul 2012 4:20PM
To my mind the composition is perfect and the butterfly is sharp where it needs to be.

SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2012 4:31PM
A superb capture.
Maiwand Plus
10 3 72 England
31 Jul 2012 4:40PM
Top class capture Carole.
CarolG Plus
10 199 19 Greece
31 Jul 2012 4:50PM
This is a beauty, Carole, wonderful lighting, well captured. Carol
31 Jul 2012 6:00PM
An impressive shot Carole, well done.

John Smile
31 Jul 2012 6:21PM
Beautiful close up Carole
Wonderfully captured
jdinne 13 16 England
31 Jul 2012 6:54PM
Great capture Carole.......

31 Jul 2012 7:10PM
Super DOF, Color, tones, Details, & Compo!' ~ Peter
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.7k 148 England
31 Jul 2012 7:37PM
Looks good with the light coming through that wing, Carole.

7 10 10 England
31 Jul 2012 7:52PM
Naturasl is good Carole.SmileSmileSmile
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
31 Jul 2012 8:30PM
fine detail in the pretty gatekeeper and I like the natural background very much!
31 Jul 2012 8:41PM
Great close up with splendid detail Carole, Peter..
netta1234 Plus
4 382 2 Wales
31 Jul 2012 8:42PM
SmileSmileSmileBeautiful capture
achieverswales 6 8 101 Wales
31 Jul 2012 8:45PM
Excellent capture Carole.


Irishkate Plus
6 38 104 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2012 9:46PM
Love the sunlight lighting your butterfly and the branch/stem.
Light stem is good contrast for browns of the butterfly.
EAS Plus
7 1 13 Scotland
31 Jul 2012 10:34PM
Lovely light and superb details. The texture is outstanding.

mikbee Plus
9 3 8 Scotland
31 Jul 2012 11:57PM
I still have not seen any butterflies in my garden this year Carole.
Reckon I must have upset them or something.
I can understand not seeing any sheep or Morris Dancers in my garden
as I always slate them off when I see them on the site here,
but I honestly have said nothing untoward to upset the little butterflies !!
Good shot.
1 Aug 2012 8:14AM
Superb image, wonderful colours and excellent detail.

1 Aug 2012 8:23AM
Seems to be few butterflies around thanks to this lousy summer. Well captured shot Carole. Moira
3 Aug 2012 3:44PM
beautiful butterfly shots Carole.
Glostopcat Plus
10 255 2 England
5 Aug 2012 5:44PM
A fine attempt indeed, gatkeepers are not the easiest of butterflies to photograph

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