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Male Orange Tip butterfly by Rivendell7

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Male Orange Tip butterfly from this year, feeding on Cranesbill. Hopefully next spring they will be as prolific as this year! Not sure why there were quite a few this year, maybe they like damp weather ;-) Cheerful image for this time of year here…

Exmoor, UK. Canon 550D + Sigma 105mm.


I am a keen amateur photographer enjoying wildlife and nature images taken in West Somerset and on Exmoor.
I am a grandfather and enjoy my reclusive life on the edge of Exmoor, among the wildlife, birds, and nature.
I hope to learn more skills and techniques from some of the amazing artists on this site.

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  • maggie326
    maggie326about 2 years ago

    Gorgeous capture Dave

  • Thans for the kind comment Maggie! Very much appreciated.
    All the best,
    Dave :-)

    – Rivendell7

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Thenks for the cheery welcome, Ray.
    All the best,

    – Rivendell7

  • MarieG
    MarieGabout 2 years ago

    Dave!!! how long do have to sit there to be able to capture such great images!! Post card perfect my friend…! that delivers loads of sunshine and brings back memories of the long gone summer!! Freezing here in Montreal this morning!! your great shot warms up this Tuesday morning!! Happy Tuesday!! xx

    ps…Going to see “The Who” tonight!!!!!

  • OMG Marie, seeing ‘The Who’ tonight – what better way to warm up, friend! Cast a thought in this direction if they play Pinball Wizard! So many good songs but one of my favourites, along with Behind Bllue Eyes, and Who Are You?-and various others. Happy Jack too!
    Thanks for the lovely comments on this picture, and have a great time tonight!!!
    Keep on rockin’, friend ;-)
    Dave xx
    P.S I play acoustic guitar to the butterflies, it calms them down before getting a picture……er…..well…it’s an idea….

    – Rivendell7

  • Christina Brundage
    Christina Brun...about 2 years ago

    Beautiful mixture of colors, Dave! Wonderful detail – as always! Your photography skills are awesome!

  • Thanks so much for your encouragement, friend.. These are one of my favourite butterflies, they are only around for quite a short period in the spring, and thankfully ’Jeremy’s’ pond seems to have attracted them more than usual with the vegetation close by, this year.
    All the best,
    Dave :-)

    – Rivendell7

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineabout 2 years ago

    Lovely shot, Dave. How did you manage the sharp edges to the pink flower and the butterfly!!?

  • Rivendell7
    Rivendell7about 2 years ago

    Thanks very much for the kind comments, Bette, and nice to hear about your Pentax 645. Beautiful beasts!! The butterfly pic here was with Sigma 105 f2.8 macro, and marginally sharpened in PSE10. The Sigma lens for me is very sharp anyway and I prefer it to Canon 100mm f2.8. Boys ‘n toys, eh….but it’s fun ;-)
    All the best,

  • Doreen Gilbert
    Doreen Gilbertabout 2 years ago

    What a beautiful shot – lovely butterfly and colors – wow.

  • Thanks kindly Doreen, and apologies for the delayed reply to your comment!
    Kind regards,
    Dave ;-)

    – Rivendell7

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonabout 2 years ago

    Great clarity. Beautiful work

  • Thanks kindly Joy, much appreciated comments!
    Kind regards,

    – Rivendell7

  • Sandra Fortier
    Sandra Fortierabout 2 years ago

    Oh this is wonderful Dave. Good to see spring images on this blustery night!

  • I thought that too, friend, it was pouring down the night I put this up, so I wanted to remind myself that the seasons are turning…..even if slowly ;-)
    Kind regards,

    – Rivendell7

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekalmost 2 years ago

    Gorgeous capture Dave … terrific detail ~ you must have been very patient to get this as they don’t stay still very long :)

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