Peacock Butterfly, Darlington  County Durham, England by Ian Alex Blease

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The Peacock’s name comes directly from that of its avian namesake, thanks to the similarity between the eye patterns on the bird’s tails and those on the butterfly’s wings. As long ago as the late 1600s, the butterfly was called the Peacock’s Eye. Even the scientific name of the butterfly is derived from a Greek myth involving a Peacock bird. An old name for the Peacock, was Owl Eye.

Numbers of observed Butterflies have been well down this year due to the long cold wet spring. Many species I haven’t seen at all.

Canon EOS 50D EF-S 55-250mm Lens @ 250mm F8.


butterfly, peacock, beauty, nature, insect, buddleia, summer, garden, eyes, red, owl, flower, nectar, happy, charming, delightful, joy, happiness

My vision is provided by mother nature in all her modes.

Whatever precautions you take so the photograph will look like this or that, there comes a moment when the photograph surprises you. It is the other’s gaze that wins out and decides.
Jacques Derrida

Book Recommendation: Photographic Composition, A Visual Guide: Richard D Zakia and David A. Page…..very useful as it has much to do with the mental processes, with which we use to see and visualise before the shutter is pressed.

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL capture

  • Thanks, Larry, Best, Ian

    – Ian Alex Blease

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroalmost 2 years ago

    3rd Sept 2012

  • Thank you, Maria :)

    – Ian Alex Blease

  • Spacehunter
    Spacehunteralmost 2 years ago


  • Thank you :)

    – Ian Alex Blease

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52almost 2 years ago

    Brilliant Macro of this stunning Butterfly Ian.

    Cheers Jude x

  • Thank you, Jude :) Much appreciated, best, Ian

    – Ian Alex Blease

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 2 years ago

  • Cheers, Ray :)

    – Ian Alex Blease

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 2 years ago


  • Thank you :) Butterflies have been far and few this year, due to the long cold rainy spring ! Best, Ian

    – Ian Alex Blease

  • Lepidoptera
    Lepidopteraalmost 2 years ago

    September 23/2012
    Enjoy the day Ian with the Just Butterflies Featured Gallery!
    Wish you a Sunny Day with Butterfly Kisses,

  • Thank you very much, Johanna :~), most appreciated , Best Wishes, Ian xxx

    – Ian Alex Blease

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejalmost 2 years ago

    ×°×Congratulations on your very wonderful and well deserved feature!!×°×

  • Thank you, Linda :) Appreciated :) xx, Ian

    – Ian Alex Blease

  • Jo Nijenhuis
    Jo Nijenhuisalmost 2 years ago

    October 6/2012
    Congratulations Ian with your feature, a wonderful job!
    Enjoy the Permanent Featured Gallery!!!
    Cheers, Jo ;)

  • Thank you, Jo. I am deeply honoured :), Best Ian

    – Ian Alex Blease

  • Renee Blake
    Renee Blakealmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful !

  • Thanks , Renee. Not been a good year for Butterflies, not seen that many this year, Best, Ian

    – Ian Alex Blease

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