I’m cautiously prepared to say that we do indeed have a summer this year. It’s still hovering in the upper 70°sF and I counted no more than about 10 drops of rain today. Even the storms have given up bothering us. The landscape is feeling the heat, but showing some fine summer gold.
There are butterflies everywhere, with a sudden influx of the brightly coloured peacock butterfly. A small swarm of them have been occupying the garden for the past two or three days, enjoying the sunshine and buddleia.
Back in the fields, a pair of meadow browns were busy making more meadow browns.
And at home today, a small tortoiseshell joined the peacocks at the far end of the garden.
To complete the recent set of butterfly photos, here’s a red admiral from this afternoon.
The other striking garden invasion has been small swarms of migrant hawker dragonflies. For the past few evenings we’ve watched 20 or more flying over the garden. They are really difficult to photograph in flight, but I did manage this shot.
Plus a ‘proper’ photo when one briefly took a breather on the hawthorn.
Any post about summer colour really needs a sunset, and I’m not going to disappoint. This was taken this evening.
Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D. Wheat field, small tortoiseshell and red admiral, and the sunset taken with the EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens; Peacock butterflies and dragonflies taken with the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens; and the meadow browns with the EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens.