If you have been following this blog to read about my musical exploits then you might have been a bit disappointed recently. I’ve spent so much time revising for my degree over the last few months that I have hardly touched the piano. Fortunately all that is over. I have taken my last exam. 5 1/2 years of studying has come to its conclusion. Since you asked: I felt the exam went reasonably OK, so I’m confident of passing my last module. I should get my results in a months time.
To celebrate finishing my degree we spent last week on holiday in Devon and Dorset. We both love being by the coast so spent most days out walking. As we walked I always made sure I had my camera on hand, ever looking for wildlife. What we mostly saw were butterflies. I didn’t have many good photos of butterflies, so it was great to see such a variety.
I thought you might like to see the results of my efforts. Be sure to click on any of the images to make them bigger.
Now this one was really exciting to see, it is Lulworth Skipper. They are very rare, being confined to the area around Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. We actually saw none at Lulworth Cove, but despite their rarity nationally, we saw absolutely loads of them in the hillside next to Durdle Door
There were quite a few blues on our holiday. I am reliably informed that this is an Adonis Blue. (the black marks that extend into the white fringe distinguishes it from the Common, which has an all white fringe)
I’d love to know what you think of the photos. I’ve not edited any of them apart from to crop in a little on some of them. I took most of the shots at 1/800sec and ISO800 so that the aperture was small to try to get a decent depth of field. Being so close you can end up with too narrow a depth of field if you go for a wide aperture, rendering most of the subject out of focus. I think I mostly avoided that.
I can now get back to that Chopin Waltz in A Minor which has been neglected…..