Common Blue Butterfly Tickles Me Pink
Last weekend a group of us from the Zakynthos Walking Group were on the mainland for a few days of hiking in the Peloponnese. It was a wonderful weekend with, as you can imagine, plenty of photo opportunities.
As a challenge and a way of learning, I decided to take photos only using manual settings. And how much I learned! The main lesson being it really is a matter of practice, head-scratching, practice, followed by a little more head scratching until the penny sort of drops.
Okay, it’s going to take plenty more practice before I don’t have to think so much about settings. Saying that though, I felt last weekend was an intense learning curve and I now have a better understanding of what does what and how.
My Sunday Photos
I took these photos on our last hike. It was Sunday afternoon and we’d hiked an unbelievable path in the morning and a few of us had opted for one last walk along the coast.
As we walking through a field a small blue butterfly caught my eye. Its colour was so blue against the grey of the day that it looked as if it was glowing. Could I believe my luck when it landed?… No!…
Luckily I had set my camera up for close up shots in the hope of snapping a pretty flower along the way. When it landed I raised my camera, zoomed in and clicked. I was a bit disappointed that it had its wings closed, but was happy it had stayed put.
A common blue butterfly with its wings closed.
Can you imagine my joy when the little butterfly decided to open its pretty little wings?
The whole weekend was fantastic, but managing to see and photograph such a pretty butterfly really made my day. I know, I’m a funny one!
At the time I was worried that the settings were a little on the dark side, but with my inexperience, I didn’t have time to mess. Can you imagine missing a photo opportunity trying to get the settings right? I would have wept myself to sleep.
I still have loads to learn, but feel that I’m finally getting lightbulb moments.
It’s criminal that something so pretty can be called a common blue butterfly!
Have you seen a butterfly yet this year?
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