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by Padfield
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3105
Views: 97260

Re: Padfield

Thank you for your comments, Andrew and Goldie. The weather has been pretty grim recently, alternating between snow, rain and wind - or various combinations of the three. On Friday I took my first 2018 visit to the Papiliorama to make up for the dearth of butterflies in the wild. As always, there wa...
by Padfield
Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3105
Views: 97260

Re: Padfield

Hi Buzzard. Further east from me there have been huge snow falls, with tourists getting snowed in and tragically one Brit still missing (I believe). In my own region it has been much drier recently, with a little rain even, but the pre-CHristmas snowfalls were so good the skiing is still guaranteed....
by Padfield
Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3105
Views: 97260

Re: Padfield

Thanks Trevor and Chris, and all the best for 2018 to you both. Thanks Pete. What you describe is more or less what I had intended to do, but it is good to have confirmation. I won't attempt to keep track of them after release, as I can always find w-album cats on the elm leaves anyway. Sleeves on t...
by Padfield
Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3105
Views: 97260

Re: Padfield

I sense you are going to have your hands full with these early stages in a few weeks, Guy. They'll go back on the elm at the earliest opportunity, David! But you're right - spring is only weeks away ... Because the forecast was for sun, I popped down to the valley today. I didn't really expect to s...
by Padfield
Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3105
Views: 97260

Re: Padfield

Thanks David and Wurzel - and a happy new year to you both. Storm Eleanor seems to have caused total havoc in my woods, with trees fallen all over the place and branches scattered everywhere: http://www.guypadfield.com/images2018/5jan2018b.jpg (part of our usual daily walk ...) http://www.guypadfiel...
by Padfield
Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Willow Emerald Damselflies.
Replies: 6
Views: 148

Re: Willow Emerald Damselflies.

Amazing pictures, Allan.

I stumbled across this damselfly by chance this summer, in Suffolk (http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=4872&start=3004). I will be looking out for gatherings like the ones you have photographed next summer!

Guy
by Padfield
Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Overseas
Topic: Marseilles and South of France 2018
Replies: 3
Views: 123

Re: Marseilles and South of France 2018

I'm very happy Nature is reclaiming the burnt ground, Chris - I knew she would. No chance of any butterflies here in Switzerland, where snow, rain and violent winds have dominated the new year! I flew back last night and have never been so thrown around in a plane - people were reaching for the sick...
by Padfield
Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Purple Emperor
Topic: Purple Emperor – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 216

Re: Purple Emperor – Favourite Photo of 2017

... this captures one of my favourite butterfly moments during my trip to the south of France in August 2017 ... I hope it doesn’t spoil the memory of the moment to point out this is a lesser purple emperor, Charles. The ‘lesser’ bit doesn’t do justice to a magnificent butterfly. I take far more pi...
by Padfield
Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Silver Studded Chalk Hill Blue?!
Replies: 6
Views: 188

Re: Silver Studded Chalk Hill Blue?!

I'm not sure of the frequency, but the 'silver studs' are an occasional feature in chalkhill blue. Here are two different males showing the phenomenon, both photographed in North Spain this summer: http://www.guypadfield.com/images2017/coridon14jul2017rb.jpg http://www.guypadfield.com/images2017/cor...
by Padfield
Wed Dec 27, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Orange-tip
Topic: Orange-tip – Favourite Photo of 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 224

Re: Orange-tip – Favourite Photo of 2017

Intruding on an intimate moment ...

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Guy
by Padfield
Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3105
Views: 97260

Re: Padfield

Thank you, Trevor, Wurzel and David, and a very happy Christmas to you all too! In recent years I've been watching butterflies into December - with a Berger's clouded yellow on 18th December 2015 and Queen of Spain fritillaries in the Rhône Valley on 20th December of the same year. Currently, the Rh...
by Padfield
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3105
Views: 97260

Re: Padfield

Thanks Mike, Andrew and David. Apart from a brief episode when the Föhn blew and quite a lot of snow melted, we've had full-on winter here for the last few weeks. I don't know how Minnie manages to scuttle around in the snow without getting cold - it doesn't seem to bother her at all. http://www.guy...
by Padfield
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3105
Views: 97260

Re: Padfield

Thanks Mike, Dave and Pete. That sunset was no trick of the camera - quite remarkable to behold, though only for a few minutes. Still on the gif theme, here is one of the Christmas tree in Villars-sur-Ollon. In fact, here are two - so they might take some time to load. The first is as it came out of...
by Padfield
Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3105
Views: 97260

Re: Padfield

Thanks Andrew.

It's going to be scenic views for a while I think - no butterflies, at least.

This was taken on my walk home from school, crossing the Chesières bridge:

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Guy
by Padfield
Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3105
Views: 97260

Re: Padfield

I can't claim any credit for that, Buggy! :D The truth is, after 3 years my old iPhone 6 plus could no longer keep up with the demands of iOS 11 (battery suddenly jumping to zero, apps taking ages to load &c.), so I upgraded to the 8 plus. All iPhones from 6S onwards have a 'live photo' option. ...
by Padfield
Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3105
Views: 97260

Re: Padfield

Very low temperatures, David, at the moment. As a rule, this is good for spring butterflies, though very cold winters often wipe out the clouded yellows. I've been playing around with animated GIFs. The picture below (taken today) will take a few moments to load but when it is fully charged the icy ...
by Padfield
Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Wurzel
Replies: 3205
Views: 152062

Re: Wurzel

By the way, what does "setaceous" mean? I had confused it with "sebaceous", but the images that conjures up are not good ones. :oops: :D It means hairy or bristly, from the Latin saeta (meaning hair or bristle). Presumably there is something particularly hairy or bristly about t...
by Padfield
Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Test
Topic: Gif test
Replies: 0
Views: 117

Gif test

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by Padfield
Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3105
Views: 97260

Re: Padfield

Thank you for the comments, CC, Buzzard, David and Andrew. Up here in the mountains we have now definitely entered the winter, no butterfly, season. That doesn't necessarily mean I won't see any more this year - but I walked Minnie this afternoon in lovely sunshine and nothing flew. In the valley, i...
by Padfield
Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Padfield
Replies: 3105
Views: 97260

Re: Padfield

Indeed - the alpine weather and landscape provide an infinite variety of wonders for the walker and naturalist to admire. Two of my best nights ever were spent bivvying at 2000m with Minnie, watching the progression of the heavens from the summer constellations when we went to bed to autumn and wint...

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