As the winter begins much of the natural world seeks out nooks and crannies, holes and hollows in which to shelter from the weather. Butterflies are no different, although each species copes with the season in its own way. Some overwinter fully grown, hibernating somewhere sheltered, some as eggs and some as a chrysalis like this one I snapped above our back door, neatly stowed away under the overhang. You can see the single thread of silk she has woven as a harness to hold her in place, as she transforms inside. I think this one is a Cabbage or Large White and will stay here quietly until April when she will emerge to play amongst the flowers. Have a good weekend all. #naturephotography#nature#hampshire
Here’s another one from Hampshire. I was pretty pleased with how the shot was lining up until these paragliders came out of nowhere and ruined it...
I’ll be posting a couple more from this trip ‘up country’ over the weekend, as well as braving the cold to shoot a sunrise or two in Cornwall.
Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire by Andrew Sharpe >> @sharpeimages.co.uk.
Wicken Fen is a glimpse into the lost landscape of the Cambridgeshire Fens. Drainage has destroyed most of the original fenland landscape, but Wicken Fen is kept artificially wet and is a haven for native flora and fauna. Today Wicken Fen, is one of Europe's most important wetlands and is home to over nine thousand recorded species, as well as many rare species of plants, birds and dragonflies.