South Hill – Day Dreaming
I had recently seen some old but beautiful backlit images of marbled whites within their grassland. I wanted to try and replicate this style of picture. So there was only one place to go – the Somerset Wildlife Trust reserve of South Hill near Somerton.
The wonderful black and white butterflies were all over the reserve. They looked great sitting sitting on the grass.
But this classic but harsh shot was not the plan today
I wanted to capture an old fashion dreamy picture of the butterflies backlit in the grass. This was one of my first attempts. Nicely backlit, with a little bit of help from Photoshop, but why did this butterfly want to rest pointing downwards?
This butterfly was sitting pretty. I liked the softness of the bedstraw against the straight lines of the grass.
Bed of Straw
These pictures on bedstraw were my favourites from the visit. They came late as I was leaving the reserve and starting to give up.
When I spotted this butterfly it had a couple of friends. I got very excited about photographing this group but it was not to be as the others quickly flew away. Probably just as well as I would have struggled to get all of them in focus at the same time.
It was a very good looking butterfly.
I never got the picture I planned for but I was pleased with the ones I got – maybe next year. Anyway, it was a great way to spend a hour in the countryside after a hard day in the office.
I find bees really hard to photograph. I took about 50 pictures of this bumble bee and this was the only one where the bee got itself in focus.
This bee was fast asleep on the plantain flower. It has covered its eyes with its hands – not sure if that helps keep the light out but probably offers some protection.