From the moment I arrived in work this morning people have been saying that today will be the last day of the good weather, so with that information in hand I obviously had to get back down to the canal during my lunch break and take some photos. There were more bugs out to play than yesterday so with that comes more photos.
Before I get to the wildlife though, I did find this curious message on a bench which was on sticky strips. The bits on the right were as you see them in the photo, but the 3 bits on the left I found on the floor near the bench. It’s very strange – anyone got any idea what this means? Perhaps it’s an offline meme that I’m not aware of?
If you can’t click to enlarge the photo then the bits on the left say:
WHAT WE GONNA
WHATD You MEAN I DUNNO
OKAY SO WHATD YOU WANNA DO
On the right we have:
NICE DAY TODAY INIT
I wouldn’t normally type in all capital letters but I wanted you to see it as it is on the bench. I have no idea where the bits on the left fit in with the bits on the right, if indeed they do. Very odd.
On to things I’m more familiar with, and first we have a ladybird. The photo could do with being a bit sharper around the eye area but the detail is still pretty good.
I tried to get photos of a few small hoverflies but they all moved just as I was getting my camera into position. However, I was very lucky when I came across this much bigger hoverfly, which I thought was a bee at first, but when i got closer I realised it wasn’t. This guy stayed still while I got my camera really quite close and took a few snaps, this of which is the best.
I was particularly impressed with the bokeh (the out of focus to the left of the hoverfly and leaf) area of this photo, which for a compact camera is very good.
We now come to the butterfly section, and this first one landed on a flower which made a nice backdrop. It’s just a shame the butterfly closed its wings just at the moment I approached to take some photos – how inconsiderate.
This last photo is not the best quality but it’s the best I got of a stunning looking butterfly, before I knocked the bush it was standing on whilst trying to realign my camera.
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that this is the biggest butterfly I have ever seen, which is why even though the photo could have been a lot better, I still wanted to document its beauty.