These are Butterflies

Since I was a small boy, I have always enjoyed watching the erratic flight of butterflies. Their colours are quite striking, even the ones that appear quite dull, but once you see their wings up close, the patterns and subtle shifts of colour are quite amazing. Butterflies other name, Lepidoptera, is Greek for scale wings as butterfly wings are made of small scales something that I find fascinating. Most people can name some butterflies and I have photographed those as well as any other one I have come across. They are quick to flit away especially when I am ready to get a photo but here is a few I have managed to find through my lens. If I have gotten any of their names wrong, please let me know. Many thanks to Carol Probets (@carolprobets) for helping correct a couple.

I guess I should start with the early form, although this is a Hawk Moth caterpillar not really a butterfly

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Everyone knows Wanderers as they are found Australia wide but are an introduced species from North America where they are called Monarchs

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Getting ready for take off

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The Small Green-banded Blue is just that…look at the grass seeds nearby

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The Speckled Line-blue Butterfly is another small butterfly with wing patterns made of blocks of a darker colour to the rest of its wing.

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And a Narrow-banded Awl has random streaks of colour but look at its eyes

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Speaking of eyes, the Common Ringlet has eyes on its wings

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Jezabels come in a range of colours. This is a Common Jezabel with a striking red pattern

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and this is a Yellow or Common Albatross with a splash of yellow

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The Orchard Butterflies are large and at this time of year, are quite a common sight on the north coast of NSW. The males are not quite a colourful as the females.

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The females wings seem to have a gloss shine with spots of colour at the bottom

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This male is rather frantic to mate don’t you think

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Watching from the shrubs to make sure I don’t get too close

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To end, why not have a bit of butterfly sex. I am sure these Hairy Lineblues won’t mind.

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Did you enjoy a wander among the butterflies?

Discoveries in the Garden

This world in which we live has so much to find and discover….I saw so many things when I had a wander a while ago and then having new discoveries at the beach so last weekend was no different.

From the small to the colourful and the things of everyday life as I see then through the lens of my camera, there is always something amazing.

Quite often things can be seen while having a cup of tea in the garden

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Which can be quite relaxing as long as the flies don’t decide to visit….and take a bite!!! You can just see him just starting to dig in….

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Other insects are not so up close and personal but can still be watching your every move…

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Cicadas are the sounds of Summer in the bush. Used to love finding the different types as a kid. I didn’t realise that Cicadas were so hairy

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Their wings are so fine

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Cicadas have to keep a watch out for birds but this little bloke is about as big as a Cicada

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The spring flowers are still about…..the pansys have been flowering for such a long time

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and some of the hippeastrums are just starting like this stunning white and pink one

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This is the first time I have seen a vine flower with such an interesting flower

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The Crinums always have a fine display

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The Silk Tree is flowering as well…..such a pretty flower but it was high up in the tree

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As for being watched…..this tiny spider in the Ginger flower. Last time he was in the yellow flower in the Wandering on the Weekend blog

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I love the mixture of colours and textures that flowers bring to a garden

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And quite often, at this time of year, the flowers attract butterflies…..this Orchard Butterfly was making sure I didn’t get too close

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Oh well…….the sun is about to set so I better be off…..hope you have enjoyed a walk around my besties garden again

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At the beach

I really enjoy going to the beach. There is always so much to see and do.  From swimming or riding the waves to walking along the shore, exploring the rock pools or just sitting on the headland watching the world go by.

Early morning is so good. Sometimes you have the beach to yourself to watch the sunrise and take in the beauty of the morning

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If there are some good waves, there will always be someone carrying a board heading out to where the waves are best.

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At other times, you have to share the sand with someone else

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or there are crabs scuttling about

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making their own patterns on the sand with perfectly round sand balls

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I love the patterns that the water makes as the waves sweep up the beach and recede leaving tiny rivulets in the sand

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When my girls were small we always had to have a shell collection, making sure that every different shell was represented. I still walk along the beach but instead of picking them up to make an arrangement of some sort, I just grab a picture as the shape, forms and textures are so different from shell to shell. Here is a few of my favourites.

A deeply furrowed purple shell….almost like a claw.

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An almost black shell

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The ridges and valleys sweep forward

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The creams and reds caught my eye with this shell

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The darker bands running around makes this shell a distinctive

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This shell was like finding gold

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Concentric rings that have a wave and a deeper yellow section made this one stand out

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OK…it’s time to look out to sea again. Enough of looking at the sand and the wonders it holds.

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Storms at the beach are always spectacular

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The storm makes the sea surge and swell and crash upon the rocks…

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which washes up interesting bits of wood…..

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or other ocean-going craft…..

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It doesn’t take much to put the gulls and terns to flight

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When the wind blows, I like to get back up the beach and into the dunes to explore, discover and to have a bit of fun with my fabulous artist bestie……

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until it’s almost time to head off after an enjoyable day after watching the sunset

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How do you spend your day at the beach?