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Silver Studded blue at dawn

By PhilG_DPAGB  
Taken at Crockford Heath New forest - 5.30 am mid June last year. The whole heath was like dancing jewels with morning dew. I took 5 rolls of film in 2 hours - got home before 8am to a lovely bacon butty. Returned last week and the Forestry Commission have control burnt the heath and the entire colony of several hundred SS Blues have been wiped out.

Tags: Wildlife close up butterfly Wildlife and nature

Voters: cybershot, Gela, Malc_V and 22 more

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23 Jun 2006 7:59AM
So what's good for grazing ponies is detrimental to butterfly colonies and opportunities for such delicate images it would seem.
Malc_V 14 England
23 Jun 2006 8:11AM
Beautiful image, love the colour and detail.
Wonderful composition.

Nice one.
Crazius 14 13 Scotland
23 Jun 2006 8:12AM
Lovely photo, but I'm a bit saddened by how the Forestry Commision have wiped these all out.
Blenkinsopp 15 320 4 England
23 Jun 2006 8:51AM
lovely clarity, colour and composition
- beautiful image but a sad story.
(thanks for the lovely comments on my Monty image AND for understanding - why do PEOPLLE - especially those with power so often get things wrong ?)
23 Jun 2006 10:22AM
To rub salt into the wound - there also appears to be controlled burning in March -right at the start of the nesting season. It seems ironic that signs are erected in these areas warning peolple of the risk of disturbance to ground nesting birds.
I fully understand that most things in the New Forest are "a crop" but cannot understand the insensitivity at times. Phil
AngelaD 15 2.9k Wales
23 Jun 2006 11:42AM
It really is a superb shot on its own, but the dew makes it something extra special. Pity the Forestry Commision can't see what they are destroying.
JohnDyer Plus
14 79 2 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2006 4:09PM
Perfect detail and colours
Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
23 Jun 2006 4:31PM
Amazing close up shot, the detail is superb
Rodmac 14 17 Scotland
23 Jun 2006 8:21PM
Good composition and nice colours.
pcjackso Junior Member 15 7
23 Jun 2006 9:00PM
You were out early ,was definately worth it to get shots like this.
23 Jun 2006 10:25PM
I really like the soft color and the dew drops on everything..a lovely image. well done.
KarenFB Plus
14 5.6k 180 England
24 Jun 2006 12:25PM
A brilliant photo, I love the composition and the presentation. Makes you wonder how the F.C. can get things sooo wrong - experts. . . huh!!
24 Jun 2006 4:29PM
lovely capture phil and in dew aswell
well done mate
WayneG 15
25 Jun 2006 2:02PM
Lovely shot. Great depth of field.
It's a pity about the controlled burning though.

angelamary 15 6 England
27 Jun 2006 12:53PM
Such a beautiful shot, with a gorgeous creature and such a dredful story. Surely they must've been aware the butterflies were there? Or is it one of those 'cruel to be kind' policies?

Very nice composition and a good shot, well caught.

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