Mr Holly Blue by jesika

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Holly Blue male, Walmgate Stray York, England.
The female has brown wing tips.
Spring eggs are deposited on Holly, late summer/autumn eggs on winter flowering Ivy.
A blue butterfly seen in trees is likely to be a Holly.
Compare with the male Common Blue (previous image)
Panasonic GH2 200 lens crop

I support Butterfly Conservation.

I stopped to think 10 years ago, and forgot to start again.

174 years old and can easily pass for 90, on a good day, in the fog, at night!.

I live in York, an ancient city in the North of England.

I try to make the perfect image, knowing that I can’t and won’t. If I ever did achieve perfection, what would I have to strive for…..?

The best camera is the one you have with you

It is not possible with mortal minds to search out the purposes of the gods.

The more I learn, the less I know.

“Butterflies adorn the world and delight the eye”
John Ray (17th century naturalist)

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

Success is often measured in how you overcome adversity
Rosie Lee

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”
Helen Keller

“This above all – to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”

Hamlet (William Shakespeare)

“The best and most beautiful things in the world, cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart” Helen Keller

George Moore 1852-1933
“Man travels the world in search of what he needs, returns home and finds it.”

Nostradamus 1503-1566
“Time is nothing, the desire to love is everything.”

One with the earth…
Mui-Ling Teh

“This is the path I have chosen, no matter what circumstances may come, no matter how hard it is, no matter what I feel inside, I must stay on the path.”


This sky where we live
Is no place to lose your wings.
So love, love, love.

Hafiz حافظ

Human beings are members of a whole,
In creation of one essence and soul.
If one member is afflicted with pain,
Other members uneasy will remain.
If you have no sympathy for human pain,
The name of human you cannot retain.


“Of one Essence is the human race,
thus has Creation put the base;
One Limb impacted is sufficient
For all Others to feel the Mace ”

—Saadi (1184–1283)

“There is only one sacred manuscript, the sacred manuscript of Nature, which alone can enlighten the reader.” Hazrat Inayat Khan

My Images Do Not Belong To The Public Domain. All images and writing are copyright © jesika 2013. All Rights Reserved. Copying, altering, displaying or redistribution of any of these images without written permission from the artist is strictly prohibited.


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I’m a successful failure:
Failed domestic goddess;
Photography flop
but a
BRILLIANT doggie mummy!
Dos this mean I’m a FAILED failure???

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Free your mind – and think.
Mark Twain

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  • swaby
    swabyabout 1 year ago

    Beautiful Jesika!

  • Many thanks

    – jesika

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...about 1 year ago

    Lovely capture Jesika – so pretty and delicate xx

  • He’s not the Blue I was chasing, but I was still very, very pleased to find this tiny handsome fella. Thanks, Mattie x

    – jesika

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 1 year ago

    Very nice capture

  • Thank you very much, Larry

    – jesika

  • robmac
    robmacabout 1 year ago

    A great shot Jesika

  • It was worth trampling through a bramble patch…are you settled in your new home now?

    – jesika

  • John44
    John44about 1 year ago

    Great colorful and tasty looking picture!

  • Thank you, John, I couldn’t get as close as I would have liked, but I’m happy with this

    – jesika

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 1 year ago

    August 14, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you very much, Teresa, that’s very kind

    – jesika

    HELUAabout 1 year ago

    Lovely Blue!

  • Many thanks, Helua

    – jesika

  • GemmaWiseman
    GemmaWisemanabout 1 year ago

  • Many thanks, Gemma, this is a lovely surprise to start my day

    – jesika

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