Monday 14 July 2008

Into the Woods

I'm sorry, I can't help myself - it's this sunny weather. I've been at it again, heading for the woods and the butteflies. This time it was another of Surrey's fine patches of oakwood, Bookham Common, where the Purple Emperor flies - but, needless to say, I have yet to see one, there or anywhere - the emperor is nothing if not elusive. Today, walking the woodland rides, I saw so many of these beauties that I gave up counting when I reached the 20s. So many indeed that I was in danger of getting blase (can't seem to do accents on this keyboard) about them - a situation I wld never have dreamt possible. The danger passed though, never fear. But the greatest aesthetic thrill for me was, as ever, seeing my old favourite - just three today, so hugely outnumbered by the showier frits.
Meanwhile, there is more good news from the butterfly world - here. As I always say, never underestimate the resilience of nature - it's a lot tougher than we are.
And that's enough of butterflies for now...


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