Flora and Fauna Friday

Small Copper Butterfly

My Flora and Fauna Friday this week is the Small Copper Butterfly (Lycaena phlaeas).

Alternative common English names include American Copper and Common Copper.

I didn’t realise until recently that the Small Copper butterflies I had photographed in England were the same species as the ones that I have seen in Ontario, Canada.

The butterfly is a Holarctic species, widespread and common across Europe, Asia, North America and also North Africa.

This backlit individual was photographed in a garden in the village of Wybunbury in southern Cheshire, England.


Flora and Fauna Friday: Small Copper Butterfly


A Photo a Week Challenge

A Photo a Week Challenge: Light and Dark

This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Light and Dark.

The prompt got me thinking about some of the nighttime photos from my film archives that I started digitising last winter.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Light and Dark

Team Bike entering the start/finish straight at night during the Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle race in France.


Weekly Prompts: Celebration

Canada Day fireworks on Monument Hill, Punnichy, Saskatchewan in 1999.


Friendly Friday: Nighttime

The Wybunbury, Cheshire churchyard at night. Taken in the late 1970s for an art school project although I have long forgotten what the brief was.


Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Friendly Friday: Nighttime

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Nighttime.

I decided to go with a random selection of nighttime photos covering over 40 years.


Friendly Friday: Nighttime

Wybunbury churchyard at night looking out onto the main road through the village. Part of an art school project in the late 1970s.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Light the Night

Moonrise through an Oak tree in Hatherton, Cheshire. I’m not sure when this photo was taken, it’s possible that I was still in high school.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Light the Night

Snow and hoarfrost covered farmland by moonlight. Photographed near Punnichy, Saskatchewan in the late 1990s.


Tuesday Photo Challenge - Number

Night racing during the Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle race in France in 1982.


Friendly Friday: Nighttime

Stars over Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment a month ago. I forgot to change the alarm when the clocks went ahead in the spring so was down on the shoreline an hour and a half before sunrise.


Cosmic Photo Challenge

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Night

This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Night.

I had a few ideas for the challenge before deciding to go simple, the prompt is night so photos taken at night. I then decided on only two photos taken about 40 years apart.

Inside a graveyard at night, Wybunbury, Cheshire, England. Taken in the late 1970s when I was a photography student. Part of an art school project although after all these years I don’t remember the brief. I do remember getting permission to take them. Nowadays there would probably have to be a healthy and safety assessment before entering such a dangerous location at night.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Night.


Wiarton Village Fair fireworks. Taken one year ago today. This year’s fireworks will be going off in around 15 hours. You get an idea of how big some of these modern commercial fireworks are when you compare them to the lights on the fun fair rides on the horizon. The photo was taken from over two miles away across Colpoy’s Bay from the dock in the village of Colpoy’s Bay.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: Night.