Saturday, 8 August 2009

Butterflies in Dalmeny Estate

We had a lovely walk today through the Dalmeny Estate to South Queensferry. Part of the walk is through farmland, the fields glowing golden; part through woodland, all dappled shade and rich in ferns; part by the shore. White butterflies everywhere and the occasional brown butterfly fluttering past, mostly teasingly not letting us identify them (though we did see a Meadow Brown and a Painted Lady) then we found a wonderful overgrown area with a few Painted Ladies and at least 10 Peacock butterflies (see photo below) all feeding on thistles. There were bees, wasps and hoverflies everywhere too and a few swallows, floating around, mostly in the distance. Out on the water we saw a few female eider ducks.

Lucy of Box Elder posted some gorgeous butterfly photos recently, you can see them here.

10 comments:

steven said...

hi, it's beautiful to walk by the sea. just as beautiful to see that colourful peacock butterfly. lucky you!!! steven

Cynthia said...

Hi J. I envy you that gorgeous
walk. Ferns, butterflies and
the shore, oh my!

Kelly said...

Hello! It's been too long since I've paid a visit. I applaud your new green look! And of course, excellent photography as usual. Thanks!

Kay said...

Beauty everywhere.

fourwindsphotojournal said...

Pretty! I have never seen a peacock butterfly. I doubt if we have them, but doesn't it look good against the ferns?

☆sapphire said...

Hi
What a lovely shore! the grass of the sea along the beach?
Like the deserted fields of your previous post, this lonely shore looks fascinating. The butterfly is very charming too.

Lucy said...

Thank you for the link, and for sending lovely people my way!

Michelle Johnson said...

I wouldn't have minded walking alongside these butterflies and other magnificent creatures even if for a short while. Your pics are great, as always. Have a wonderful night.

Deb G said...

Love the peacock butterfly.

Bluest Peach said...

The place is deserving of a haiku--this is the kind of beauty and serenity that inspires many a great poet and artist. And the butterflies are magnificent. I wish I too could take a walk in such a heavenly place.