Peacock (Aglais io)

by Bob Chappell March. 06, 2021 285 views
Peacock (Aglais io), Bedford Purlieus, July 2020

Peacock (Aglais io), Bedford Purlieus, July 2020

When taking wildlife photographs, I think there is always a fine balance between isolating the subject and putting the subject in context. I have some photographs of peacock butterflies totally isolated, with the background bokeh a complete blur, but I've opted for this shot (uncropped from the original) with the butterfly nectaring on the flowers just out of focus.

I took this picture on a visit to Bedford Purlieus Woods whilst trying to photograph dark green fritillaries. I had some very fruitful days there last summer, with silver-washed fritillaries, the dark greens, marbled whites and even a black hairstreak (away from its usual habitat), not to mention meadow browns. All of these were photographed in the meadow in the north of the woods.

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Yokai - 6 months, 2 weeks ago

What a colorful butterfly and an amazing shot! Love the bokeh.

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Bob Chappell Replied to Yokai - 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you Yokai

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Adrian Morris 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Great photo. I prefer it uncropped.

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Bob Chappell Replied to Adrian Morris 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks Adrian

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