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by MikeOxon
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Jack Harrison
Replies: 722
Views: 42260

Re: Jack Harrison

Jack Harrison wrote:..........“ate his first pineapple in Scotland”..........


Wow! Thanks for sharing that, Jack :)
by MikeOxon
Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pauline
Replies: 2771
Views: 61830

Re: Pauline

Hi Pauline, Nice to see that the Autumn Lady's Tresses are flowering; it was a memorable visit with you, last year, although I should point out that it is Ros's sharp eyes that find things - I simply take the photos :) I think your woodland flowers are Violet Helleborines ( Epipactis purpurata ). Th...
by MikeOxon
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Art Frames
Replies: 140
Views: 2100

Re: Art Frames

It was so much simpler then...3 focus points but I only ever used the centre one. I still just use the centre focus point - never got used to these multiple points that always seem to choose the wrong one. Most of my photos were taken on film, back in the days when one spent ages on each frame and ...
by MikeOxon
Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Art Frames
Replies: 140
Views: 2100

Re: Art Frames

Some years ago, I found one of these white-spotted variants in Fermyn wood and wrote about it on here. While investigating, I found and translated the original description of bialbata Guy Padfield pointed me to a comprehensive monograph about Vanessids , which describes various aberrations and also ...
by MikeOxon
Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Sites
Topic: Smardale Gill
Replies: 12
Views: 338

Re: Smardale Gill

Sorry to read that you had a difficult time but at least you found some butterflies. I also hope that the wildlife trust manage to assert their rights to the car-park.
by MikeOxon
Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Mistaken identity
Replies: 4
Views: 184

Re: Mistaken identity

Fascinating! DNA analysis is shaking up our ideas of what constitutes a 'species' quite a bit.
by MikeOxon
Mon Jul 31, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 798
Views: 22707

Re: MikeOxon

I'm sure this would be a good place to try for a mating pair photo. I don't intend to join a race for it, though :)
by MikeOxon
Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Website Comments
Topic: Personal Diaries - by year!
Replies: 4
Views: 134

Re: Personal Diaries - by year!

This seems a good idea to me, Pete. I've just been enjoying a trip down 'memory lane' looking at my 2014 entries. I noticed one or two formatting glitches - captions on photos no longer italic and HTML appearing where I changed font colour. Also, GIF animations haven't transferred (they wouldn't wor...
by MikeOxon
Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Sites
Topic: Smardale Gill
Replies: 12
Views: 338

Re: Smardale Gill

It's several years since I was last at Smardale but my recollection is that the walk to the viaduct from the Smardale Village car-park is easier - a relatively level path through woodland. The path from Newbiggin is longer and steeper, climbing over a rough hillside before reaching the viaduct. I ca...
by MikeOxon
Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1767
Views: 34452

Re: Goldie M

Very characterful HB shots, Goldie. I often see them posed like that in my garden but, usually, too high up to get decent photos :(
by MikeOxon
Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pauline
Replies: 2771
Views: 61830

Re: Pauline

All this talk of Autumn - but it's only July and the schools only broke up quite recently :shock:
by MikeOxon
Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 798
Views: 22707

Re: MikeOxon

Thank you, Kev. Looks as though this wood might be a good place to try :)
by MikeOxon
Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 798
Views: 22707

Re: MikeOxon

He certainly had stamina, Wurzel. He chased her along the ride for about 150m, far faster than I could follow and I lost them at the first bend :lol:
by MikeOxon
Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pauline
Replies: 2771
Views: 61830

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by MikeOxon
Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Pauline
Replies: 2771
Views: 61830

Re: Pauline

..... I really do need to learn how to take shots of things that move Were you, perhaps, looking in my direction when you wrote that? :) Clearly, what you need is a fast shutter speed but what's the best way to achieve that? If you use Shutter priority and set, say 1/1000s, it can simply be a recip...
by MikeOxon
Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Bhutan Butterflies
Replies: 89
Views: 1796

Re: Bhutan Butterflies

David M, Thanks for sharing the Brown Hairstreak. Is the open wing male or female? .... This photo is of a female. Unusually, it is the female of this species that is the more brightly coloured. This has confused many people, including one of our well-respected field guides, which got it wrong in t...
by MikeOxon
Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1767
Views: 34452

Re: Goldie M

it is an Helice Your blurred photo shows how even a 'poor' shot can be very useful when it comes to identification! It is clear that your butterfly gave you the "run around" that I expect from this species :lol: The odd thing is that the very first time I saw a Clouded Yellow was at Smard...
by MikeOxon
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Goldie M
Replies: 1767
Views: 34452

Re: Goldie M

Well done, Goldie - Wall Brown and Cloudie!. I know just how difficult Cloudies can be to photograph.
by MikeOxon
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 798
Views: 22707

Re: MikeOxon

Thank you Goldie and Peter. I've been sorting through the 200 or so photos that I took yesterday and find that I have quite an interesting collection! I wish you luck on Friday, Peter. There's still plenty to see, although most of the butterflies are showing signs of wear, apart from some very fresh...
by MikeOxon
Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: MikeOxon
Replies: 798
Views: 22707

Re: MikeOxon

Thank you for commenting, David and Pauline. I had not gone with great expectations, especially since it's over two weeks since Art Frames posted his wonderful photos. The Valesina sightings came quite late in our walk and I had already been impressed by the 'quality' of the wood and the wealth of s...

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