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Old 01-21-2018, 07:30 AM   #11
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Thank you so much Serendipity7000, Thin Lizzy, Drago, BorisPasha, SunnyOy and dreamtree1234 for you lovely compliments and I'm pleased that you all enjoyed seeing my photos. I was very fortunate with getting a photo of the robin and squirrel - previous attempts when trying to photograph birds or wild mammals they have disappeared as soon as I get my camera to focus.

Serendipity7000, I wasn't aware of supermoon but your reply made me research it and I found out that the night of 1st Jan there was a supermoon (day I took the photo) and their is another one is predicted on the 31st too. It did look slightly bigger in the sky although I still had to zoom in to about 100x to get a clear detailed photo (I have never zoomed in this much before)


(I tried sharing some photos the other day after sharing the photos of Pumpkin on her thread but somehow I had accidentally pressed a button on my computer which caused my laptop to be put in a safe/aeroplane mode so couldn't work out how to access any internet signals but today I have managed switch it off so can now share my photos I had planned to share!)

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Chrysanthemums

Today I'm going to share a few photos of my favourite flower - the chrysanthemums. I absolutely love them especially as their flowers comes in some many different forms, colours and the plants themselves are easy to propagate by cuttings. They also flower at the end of year and continuing flowering until they get frosted so add lots of colour into the garden when the other plants have died back for the winter.

This first collage I have shared before in the 31 Days of October thread, of my chrysanthemums. They lasted really well into December until they got frosted however they have started to produce new shots and I have some cuttings for my winter colour this year. They are also my favourite colour Orange!


In my previous post the butterflies where enjoying the nectar from a beautiful chrysanthemums back in October when for my dad's birthday we visited a local horticultural garden - I was amazed to see so many butterflies on one plant before - I have been looking to get one of these one for my garden for the butterflies.

Here are a few more photos of some other Chrysanthemum I took when I visited the garden in October -

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Old 01-21-2018, 08:12 AM   #12
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Such gorgeous photos, SKB! I'm so happy for you that you captured such a special lunar event - the supermoon - in all its glory. You truly were very lucky to capture the images. It makes your stunning moon photos all the more memorable and special for you. I have tried in the past to view the supermoon, but I unfortunately have always seemed to miss seeing it at its fullest and most impressive stage because something unexpected always came up and made it impossible for me to go outside at that time.

I love all your beautiful chrysanthemum flower photos, too. Those cluster of flowers are quite impressive. I especially love the solid orange ones in the first collage and the pink merging into a salmon orange center ones on the bottom of the second collage. I also love all the details in the top photo of the second collage; the flowers look like the color of a blazing fire.
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Sorry SKB, I missed your previous post, love the Robin & squirrel, the butterflies are really beautiful, the contrast with the flowers really shows them off well, it goes without saying I love the bee shot
Love the rich colours in the the chrysanthemums, particularly like the petals in those first three.
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Thank you dreamtree and cypher so pleased that you are like seeing my photos of the wildlife and chrysanthemums.

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Exotic Butterflies

I visited my local horticultural garden this week to see and photograph the butterflies inside their glass house. It was a lovely day out even though it was really windy and raining heavily outside - due it not being busy they allowed visitors to stay inside the butterfly exhibit for as long as they wanted opposed to a normal 30min time slot which was lovely as I could admire all of the beauty of all the different species butterflies without being rushed, watch their aerial acrobatics and take lots and lots of photo. In total I stayed in the exhibit for 2 hours and in that time I took 453 photos! (although my camera is set for continuous for when I take photos of Pumpkin).

Don't worry I wont be sharing all 453 photos just a selection of some of my favourite. The species of butterfly in the exhibit are usually found in The Americas, Asia and Africa so are a bit different to the butterflies I usually see in my garden or when I'm doing my wildlife conservation volunteering.

Here are a few of the photos I took - I have includes what species they are beside the photos (although 2 I'm unsure of as they weren't in their butterfly spotting guide which was provided)

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Old 01-28-2018, 12:52 PM   #15
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Sounds like a real treat having all that time to enjoy the beautiful butterflies SKB & your photos are lovely, some really stunning species there, I particularly like the second photo, showing how leaf like it really is & the final one where you can see the movement of the wings.
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Thank you cypher, it was a lovely way to spend the morning especially when it was such awful weather outside, being in the warmth out of the bad weather watching and photographing butterflies really brightened up my day. I thoroughly enjoyed it - so much so I might have to go back next month when its still quite!
The Indian Leaf butterfly was really well camouflaged so many people walked past this leaf which was slightly obstructing the path not realising there was a beautiful butterfly on the other side so perfectly blending in.
I tried to capture some other photos of the butterflies flying around but my camera found it difficult to focus however as I had already focused on this butterfly before it took of I managed to get some action shots.
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Amazing photos, SKB! It must have been truly amazing to not feel rushed to leave after the half-hour visit. You were so lucky it wasn't busy and they allowed you to take your time to enjoy all the splendor of these gorgeous species; it would be so easy to miss a spectacular sighting of a well camouflaged butterfly otherwise. They are all so gorgeous and your pics of extremely detailed and lovely as always. I couldn't choose a favorite as they are all so special and unique - love them all.
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Thank You dreamtree1234

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My Furry Garden Visitors – Ratties

For a number of year I have been getting the occasional rat visit my garden – although it has been over a year since I last seen a rat in my garden but yesterday I had a new very welcome rat visitor to my garden who is still a youngster/baby! My garden wildlife soon earn themselves names – including Spike (the very large Hedgehog), Woody (the woodpeckers), Mickey ( Mice), Limpy (a female pigeon which limps as it walks down the slope of my garden) and my past garden rats (Cheddar, Mozzarella, and Blue Cheese).

My Past Garden Rats - The first Rat who ever visited my garden was Cheddar a male rat who soon made the garden his play area climbing through bushes, as well as climbing my garden tree and the metal bird feeder pole to reach the bird feeders so he could get something to eat. One morning I discovered a piece of string dangling from the bird feeder pole which was left over from a coconut which was stuffed with suet! For a few month I enjoyed watching him and then I didn’t see Cheddar for a month - I was wondering what might of happen to him but one day he returned with a “close friend” Mozzarella (a female rattie) they used to play with each other and a little while later alongside Mozzarella was one adorable baby – who I named Blue.

Since those three I haven’t seen a rat in my garden for a while now. I personally love rats, so they are more than welcome in my garden – despite some of my relatives keep telling me I should put traps and poison out (no-way!) as apparently I don’t want them in my garden! I will never put anything out to kill these beautiful animals and I like to consider my garden as a haven for wildlife including rats! They are such fascinating and intelligent animals to watch – and sometime in the future I want to have pet rats but in the meantime my garden rats are considered my garden pets.

Yesterday evening, a new little visitor was spotted exploring the garden, running around, climbing up the bushes trying to reach a bird feeder before scaling the metal bird pole and tucking into the suet nuggets. The difficult thing was trying to come up with a cheese themed name for her/him (like my other garden rats) after looking through list of cheeses - I finally decided on Red (short for Red Leicester). Red was even out when it was snowing this afternoon – enjoying some more of the suet nuggets. Before climbing back down and running off.
I just had to take some photo, So meet Red …

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More Butterflies and a Robin

Last week I decided that this Wednesday I was going to visit the butterflies again. Seeing the forecast on the weekend I thought I wouldn't be able to go due to the "Beast from the East" bringing snow and freezing temperatures (it even caused my wildlife conservation volunteering being cancelled Today due to the snow!) - luckily yesterday we only had the remains of the snow left over from Tuesday afternoon light dusting of snow that I was still able to visit the butterflies.

It was lovely to see the butterflies again, this time they were flying around more than they were last time - as it was really, really hot inside the glasshouse (a complete contrast to the weather from outside - I even had to go outside with no scarf and coat on to cool down a little!) and the sun was streaming through the glass - keeping the wings of the butterflies nice a warm for their aerial displays. So it was a perfect place to spend a freezing cold day - apart from my camera took a little while to adjust and lens to stop steaming up!

This time there were some different butterflies than there was last time and it was really lovely to watch them flying around giving aerial displays.

Plus I saw a robin who I currently residing inside the warm glasshouse, he was singing away and I manage to get a quick photo before he disappeared back into the undergrowth!

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Really beautiful photos SKB, how lovely to see all those wonderful butterflies & forget about this dreadful weather for a while!
The robin is really sweet, it must have been lovely to see him/her & listen to the song, I've missed mine singing in the garden early in the morning these last few days when it's been too cold even for a robin to sing!
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