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by MikeOxon
Sun Apr 30, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Website Comments
Topic: Website Problems
Replies: 13
Views: 115

Re: Website Problems

currently experiencing exactly the same as Neil - very wobbly since sometimes my reply appears on the end of Pauline's PD and sometimes it doesn't. No sign of it in 'recent' posts or the list of PDs.
by MikeOxon
Sun Apr 30, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pauline
Replies: 2491
Views: 53056

Re: Pauline

What beautiful Wood White portraits, Pauline. You know how to get the best from your 'old' FZ38 :)

Mike
by MikeOxon
Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pauline
Replies: 2491
Views: 53056

Re: Pauline

Amazing pics of the GH drying their wings and on Bluebells as well! Now, you are completely losing me with all those moths :)
by MikeOxon
Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 766
Views: 20243

Re: MikeOxon

I suspect it's just chance, David. The structures and markings have evolved to attract the appropriate pollinator, which is usually a small insect, and I doubt whether these creatures perceive the faces we humans see.
by MikeOxon
Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 766
Views: 20243

Re: MikeOxon

Cracking looking Orchid Mike :D They look like Japanese cartoon characters (Anime or Pokemon - not sure what the difference is :? ) :D You can see how the idea of 'fairies' and Gnomes might have come about :) For Orchid 'faces', South American species take some beating - especially the 'Dracula' fa...
by MikeOxon
Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 766
Views: 20243

Re: MikeOxon

Thank you for the reminder, Goldie. Last year, I was too late to see them in flower and I may not be able to visit this year, either. It's good to know, though, that they do seem to have been saved from imminent extinction.
by MikeOxon
Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 766
Views: 20243

Durlston NNR - 20th April 2017

Yesterday ( April 20th ), I visited Durlston Country Park , near Swanage, Dorset. It was not primarily a 'butterfly' trip but there were several Speckled Wood on the wing: Durlston2017_SpWood.jpg and I also saw one Holly Blue . The aim of my visit was to see the Early Spider Orchids ( Ophrys sphegod...
by MikeOxon
Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1567
Views: 29706

Re: Goldie M

...And I can't resist the temptation, if you will forgive me, to post a picture on your page of the dormouse that came into my kitchen last year. This is a different, much larger species than you get in the UK, but you can easily see that they are not really very mouse like, with a furry tail rathe...
by MikeOxon
Sun Apr 16, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1567
Views: 29706

Re: Goldie M

Sadly, Goldie, Dormouse is nowadays very unlikely, being a rare and endangered species, largely confined to a few areas in Southern England. I agree with Pauline that yours is most likely to be a Wood Mouse. They are regular visitors to the feeders in my garden and can be quite bold in daylight. The...
by MikeOxon
Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1567
Views: 29706

Re: Goldie M

Butterfly ID becomes a very different game, once one wanders into the tropics, Goldie! When I visited Sabah, a couple of years ago, I read that almost 1,000 species have been recorded from Borneo, with around 625 at the Kinabalu National Park alone! It took me several weeks after I returned (and som...
by MikeOxon
Fri Apr 14, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pauline
Replies: 2491
Views: 53056

Re: Pauline

How well groomed your local Waxwings look - those crests are very splendid. You photos have brought out all the key features very well, including those red sealing-wax tips :)
by MikeOxon
Fri Apr 07, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Art Frames
Replies: 64
Views: 606

Re: Art Frames

It sounds as though you had a useful day. I'd just about got the hang of the Nikon flash system, when I changed to Olympus :)

I'll be interested to see the results from your experiments.
by MikeOxon
Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 766
Views: 20243

Re: MikeOxon

Thank you again for all the welcome comments. I've been taking butterfly photos for many years now, so am trying to find different 'perspectives', rather than keep repeating the same types of shot, over and over again. Like you, Pauline, I was struck by how deep the blue colour looked, at the angle ...
by MikeOxon
Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 766
Views: 20243

Abingdon, Oxon - 5th April 2017

The air temperature was not high today but the sunshine proved sufficiently strong to bring out the first Holly Blue that I've seen, this year, in my garden. I remember that last year, these Spring butterflies proved very hard to photograph, so I was determined to stalk this one for however long it ...
by MikeOxon
Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pauline
Replies: 2491
Views: 53056

Re: Pauline

I just couldn't help seeing a fish in this one :lol: : Pauline'sFish.jpg Apologies for adding graffiti to your photo. Your November report shows some super bird photos. SEOs are never easy and you've really caught their 'character'. Snow Buntings are always delightful to see. The North Norfolk coast...
by MikeOxon
Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1567
Views: 29706

Re: Goldie M

It's a good time to try and photograph a Chiffchaff. Once the trees are in leaf, it becomes almost impossible, unless you are very lucky. I usually recognise these birds by their call, which is very welcome in early Spring and then becomes monotonous as the year progresses. You are not always behind...
by MikeOxon
Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pretty Butterflies Diary
Replies: 30
Views: 476

Re: Pretty Butterflies Diary

That's a very good species tally for the very beginning of April!
by MikeOxon
Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Art Frames
Replies: 64
Views: 606

Re: Art Frames

I had guessed that was the case. Like you, I regard the output from the camera as a starting point. In the 'old days', many photographers said that the work began in the darkroom. Now, that role has been taken over by image editing programs. Often in the field, especially with active subjects, it is...
by MikeOxon
Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Art Frames
Replies: 64
Views: 606

Re: Art Frames

Lovely series of shots, Peter. I especially like the second one, where the vivid colour of the upper-wings stands out against the muted background - a true 'Art' shot :)

Mike
by MikeOxon
Sun Apr 02, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 766
Views: 20243

Re: MikeOxon

David, these butterflies really are 'whiter than white'. See this scientific report for more details: Shanks, K. et al. White butterflies as solar photovoltaic concentrators. Sci. Rep. 5, 12267; doi: 10.1038/srep12267 (2015) . From the abstract to this paper "...the attachment of butterfly wing...

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