Friday 10 August 2012: Pale Blue Butterfly
Went to work on the bike today. It was a little cool along the valley floor as we went through the centre of the village but overall it was very pleasant. There was very little traffic and it was a nice cycle to work. Work was dull again. By the time it was time to come home it had heated up considerably and it was quite warm all the way home. Again it was pretty quiet all the way home and except for a horse and bike that ambled along in the middle of the road and never looked behind at me (I don't want to make a lot of noise in case the horse does something stupid) it was nice on the way home too.
After cooling off an a nice cup of tea I ventured out into the garden. The bees are VERY busy at the moment some of them even went onto the Buddleja, which was otherwise devoid of butterflies (as is usually the case). There was a pair of small white butterflies flitting about but they almost never landed on anything and when the did I had trouble getting close* to them before they took off again.
In the end one of the landed long enough for me to grab a blip and with a bit of cropping here it is. I hadn't noticed two things about it, one it's missing a chunk of wing and two that it's actually very pale blue. It is possible that the camera has got confused and filtered out a lot of the late afternoon warm yellow light but it's clearly not as white or green as I first thought.
* If anyone would like to provide a longer lens, I'd like either the Canon EF-100 mm f/2.8L or 180 mm f/3.5L macro... ;-)