Surrey365; Day 7. Sunshine on a rainy day…

…makes my soul, makes my soul trip, trip, trip away… 😉

A bit of sunshine after the rain this morning, and the quintessential Surrey landscape; heather, gorse, birch and pine.

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Surrey365; Day 6. Raggedy-waggedy wings.

Today looked gorgeous from indoors; bright blue sky and spring sunshine. Outside it was distinctly chilly, however, with a very brisk, cold wind. I was quite surprised, then, to see this butterfly fluttering about in the garden. When my daughter was a toddler, she had a passionate interest in butterflies. The Comma was always referred to as having the ‘raggedy-waggedy wings’. And thus it has remained. 🙂

I couldn’t decide which of these two pics I preferred. The wing position is more pleasing on one, but the other one has the better silhouette, with its alien head shape perfectly reproduced and the wings like the shadow of a big bird of prey. Here are both, anyway.

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Surrey356; Day 5. Water Beetle

This little water beetle got caught in the frog spawn and had to wriggle about for quite a while to free himself. In the process, I got an interesting view of the air bubble that he carries under his belly in order to breathe under water.

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