This is a photograph of a Speckled Wood butterfly (Pararge aegeria). I’d gone for a walk around the garden this morning and inadvertently disturbed it on my way back to the house. It flew around me before returning to its resting place. On closer inspection I noticed its badly damaged wing. I’m not sure how it would get an injury like this but it made me think about the perilous life these beautiful creatures have. I’m pleased it can still fly – although how far and for how long, I don’t know. I’ve checked a few times and it is still in the same place.
It was strange, also, because only a couple of weeks after I was given my camera (early April) I saw the same species of butterfly sitting on the same plant and I managed then to take some close-up photographs of it. I had a romantic idea today that it was the same butterfly returning to this place – which isn’t very likely. Anyway, I compared the markings just to be sure and they are slightly different.
There’s a different feel to the air today; definitely a hint of something Autumnal. It’s sunny, but cooler, and the strong breeze is blowing seeds and other bits around from trees and other plants. There are lots of very small seeds lying around everywhere. I like these changes in the weather and the transition between seasons – they bring with them a freshness that somehow revitalises.