Spirit of a Butterfly.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is ‘Beautiful Spirits of the Natural World.’

I was considering various nature images, completely forgetting a series of photos from the mid 1980s. It was only when checking out a different image I was considering that I remembered the series. I was photographing a variety of nature subjects using Scotch Chrome 1000 slide film for its grain in combination with soft focus or diffusion filters.

The photo shows a Brimstone Butterfly feeding on Buddleia taken using a soft focus filter. Buddleia is also known as the Butterfly Bush.

Brimstone Butterfly in soft focus.

Week 30. Wave on wet sand.

Week 30 saw me down at the Lake Huron shoreline at the Long Dock Beach in Southampton, the site of the former Short and Long Docks. The Long Dock once connected Chantry Island to the shoreline.

With sun and blue sky it was much different than my past couple of visits to the area.

The sun was still quite low in the sky providing some texture to the wet sand and wave.

Wave on shoreline.

Treetops.

One from the archives taken in Cheshire in the early 1990s. It shows the low evening sun illuminating the tops of trees around Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England. A shot that sat in my files being overlooked but it’s grown on me after scanning it a few years ago.

Bickerton Hil is a red sandstone hill and is the southern end of the Mid Cheshire Ridge. A range of low sandstone hills sticking out of the Cheshire Plain. There is the remains of an Iron Age hill fort on top of part of the hill.

Low sun on tree tops.

Rocks, waves and clouds at sunrise.

A sunrise over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment from last Sunday morning.

There was a flock of 50 to 60 Ring-billed Gulls on the shoreline with me. I was trying to release the shutter when there wasn’t some of them in front of the lens. The exposure times I was using meant that they would have appeared as dark streaks rather than birds.

Colpoy's Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise.

Paddling furiously.

A Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) swims past the photographer creating a nice wake. Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire in the 1990s. I deliberately kept the bird to the left side of the frame despite this making it appear to be swimming out of the photo because I wanted to show as much of the wake as possible.

The Common Moorhen is also known as the Waterhen. They’re not found on moorland, the moor in the name meant marsh centuries ago when the English name for the species was first recorded.

Waterhen.