Copper Beech, Mating Butterflies and Wind Whipped Flowers

15 May

1   The wild winds of yesterday shredded next door’s Copper Beech leaves and blasted them against our windows like a dark red confetti. Lit up by the sun this morning, the leaf shows all its beauty, its veining and furry edges that I’ve never seen before.  Click on the photo to see an enlargement and all the minute detail.

Copper Beech leaf against the window

Copper Beech leaf against the window

2    The sun was shining and the wind had dropped a little so I went for a walk to collect photos of all the wildflowers in the hedges. In a sheltered spot I saw these Green-Veined White butterflies mating. Clicking on this one will show you the furriness of these beautiful little butterflies.

Green-Veined White butterflies mating

Green-Veined White butterflies mating

3   It was difficult taking photos of flowers blowing in the wind but somehow this whirlwind photo worked out, much to my delight.

Pink valerian in the wind

Pink Valerian in the wind


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18 responses to “Copper Beech, Mating Butterflies and Wind Whipped Flowers

  1. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    May 18, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    That last shot is DIZZY! 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 19, 2013 at 6:00 am

      Yes – and I have no idea how I achieved that effect! I’m crediting the wind but I have no ide! I’m hoping someone who knows about photography might tell me. 🙂

  2. dhphotosite

    May 16, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Great photos and I can relate to the wind. Where we are living now the wind is relentless. We had to tie the bench down to the deck!

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 19, 2013 at 6:01 am

      Such winds for you too! There was such a fierce gust that it tore our Silver Birch out of the ground. It seems okay now it’s replanted and re-staked…. 🙂

  3. Alex Autin

    May 16, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    These are amazing photos, all of them!

  4. djdfr

    May 16, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Pink valerian. Glad to know the name as someone gave me some at a plant swap. Haven’t decided where to plant it yet.

    I find it is often the case that when we have sun and flowers, there is always at least a breeze if not wind.

    0.1°C this morning.

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 19, 2013 at 6:04 am

      It grows in our hedges and spreads like mad down here. I wouldn’t put any in my garden unless I had a big space to fill! There’s a lovely white variety too. The nights and early mornings are still very cold here too, but not quite that bad! 🙂

      • djdfr

        May 19, 2013 at 6:54 pm

        Thanks for the warning. I will leave it in a pot for the time being.

  5. Choc Chip Uru

    May 16, 2013 at 6:20 am

    So much beauty in nature to appreciate 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  6. valeriedavies

    May 16, 2013 at 3:04 am

    wonderful photos, Sally… what weather you are all having…

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 19, 2013 at 6:05 am

      We are – but so have you been too. I’m very glad your drought is over and hope plants are springing back to life. 🙂

  7. Marilyn Griffin

    May 15, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    all so pretty…but, the leaf photo is #1 today!…

  8. Hiklary Bryant

    May 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Glorious veining on that leaf, and beautifully backlit

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 15, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      There are lots of bits of leaves stuck to our windows. This was the biggest and best and glowed with the sun coming through. 🙂

  9. greenbenchramblings

    May 15, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    The leaf is like a cut copper sculpture. Absolutely beautiful.

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 19, 2013 at 6:06 am

      I hadn’t thought of that – fine copper – it would be beautiful to have a permanent version. 🙂


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