Walking down the main track towards the pipeline area , the location i had seen the most PBFs the previous weekend, i really did notice how cold it actually was! this was not good but as there were plenty around a week ago it should not be too difficult to find a few ! the bluebells are looking great, always lovely to see them this time of year.
I soon arrived at the crossroads where the path crosses the "pipeline" this is the area i need to search ,in amongst all the newly emerging bracken fronds where hopefully i will find a few pearls.
After just a few minutes searching i have found one! Yay .Perched on top of a bracken frond, Perfect! looks freshly emerged and not looking like it wants to move :) WOW!
I soon found a couple more , difficult to find in the cold temperatures as they are not flying.
This next image is same butterfly as above but shot from the opposite side with dead bracken giving a different background colour!
Having got the shots i had wanted the pressure was off now, and i could have a more relaxed day! i decided to go and have a look at the bluebells in the wood. they are looking great at the moment too :)
Walking through the bluebells i followed a pearl for quite a long way but it just would not perch up :(
i did however notice large numbers of march flys, Biblio sp. so just had to shoot them , natural light worked out really nice, with black subjects flash is always a problem. firstly a male with its huge hairy eyes lol
and here is a female perched on a bluebell :)) note the tiny eyes.
There are numerous wild flowers , with these pretty small white ones growing in amongst the bluebells :)
and a weevil investigating a bluebell!! hehe
Walking back towards the first crossroads area i suddenly found a Pearl perched on a bluebell! Yay always wanted to see this!!! and whats more , there was not just the one, two in fact! so lucky to find these , just have to make the most of this opportunity:)))
WOW so happy getting these shots :)))))
As its still only just after 10 am i have decided to drive to the other end of forest to have a look around and see what i can find! i park up at the Bewdley end and walk up along the old "Blue bell " railway line to an open clearing with loads of bracken , looks a good place for pearls!
But the first thing i spot are loads of beautiful Dor beetles , that's if you can call a beetle that! haha these are very difficult to shoot , especially with flash, so as the light is getting quite bright now its worth a go shooting a few frames to focus stack in natural light! this one is sitting on a dead bracken frond clear of any obstructions, so by lying down i can get a good angle to shoot from. Unfortunately , i did not notice the nearby Wood Ant nest and as i was shooting they started crawling all over my arms and camera! arghhh , yes i got bit twice! but this image is well worth a bit of pain! Probably my best ever natural light beetle shot. EVER! this is a four shot focus stack.
Look at the beautiful colours! wonderful image !
I soon found a few more pearls, so just take a few more shots haha
and a last bluebell image!
And a reminder how far from home i am , a metal sign with miles to Chester , not far from home!
What a day i have had , probably taken some of my best ever photographs !
all images canon 5d2, 100mm L macro lens