The butterfly season

Erebia

fallen flower I see

return to its branch

ah! ..butterfly

This is Arakida Moritake’s famous take on butterflies from 16th century Japan..flying flowers, fallen blossoms that return to the bough. As I have said before in these pages, butterflies and their carefree flight seem to me to represent all that is lovely in life. There’s nothing I love to see more in the forests and on the mountains, and, while they are present thru a considerable part of the year, Summer is clearly the season in which these apparently whimsical, fluttering wonders are most readily observed.

Now if watching butterflies in action can be an enormous pleasure, photographing them – at least with the rudimentary optical material at my disposal – is serious work, requiring dedication and patience..some might even opine that it’s closer to pain than pleasure. The results however can sometimes make it seem worthwhile. Here are a few snaps of local lepidopterans –  from Fuenfría and Cotos – taken this July..

Montañesa/Erebia

This Erebia, Montañesa in Spanish, is somewhat difficult to identify precisely.. Scotch Argus (Erebia aethiops)? or Chapman’s Ringlet (Erebia palarica)?

Marbled White/Medioluto

Marbled White/Medioluto

White Admiral/Ninfa de Bosque

Ninfa de Bosque (Ladoga camilla)

Sofía/Queen of Spain

Sofía/Queen of Spain(!)

Scarce Copper/Manto de oro

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Éireannach is ea mé, i mo chonaí insan Spáinn. Rugadh mé i lár na tuaithe, ar feadh blianta bhí mé ag teitheadh uaithi, i bhfad as an tuath, ach sa deireadh d'fhill mé, ar ais go dtí an tuath.. An Irishman am I, settled in Spain. Born was I in the middle of the country, for years I ran from it, far from the country, but in the end I returned, back to the country..
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