In Puy de Dôme (Auvergne, France) this wild flower is rather rare. They normally flower around March till April/May . Lately we have very nice warm weather in France and nature is far ahead. So yesterday afternoon I had a look at the spot I know in the forest, to look if the little violets where already above the ground. Despite the nice weather I was still too early, but after some thorough ground search I found a couple of the flowers I was looking for. Personally I find this flower very photogenic and a lust for the eye, in contrast with the little forest location where it grows. I think it’s an (old) dump place, full with thorns, dead leaves and trash (car tires, electrical wire, metal barrows, washing machines etc). It is the third visit for me to this place and I must say it’s a real challenge to crawl with your 300mm lens over the floor and find a nice low angle shot 😉
‘Blues’, the butterfly is not blue all over and some are not even blue at all.
They are from the Lycaenidae family and there are many different varieties.
I thought that to identifying mushrooms was a challenge but that was before I had tried to find the right variety of the Blues on my images. My best guess was the Chalkhill – Blue Butterfly (Lysandra-coridon) and Brown Argus – Blue Butterfly (Aricia agestis).
As a photographer you have to know the species you capture and for every image you try to identify the insect. Sometimes it is a real struggle to find the exact name because not all the insects books are expansive and sometimes even the internet does not provide you with the right identification.
The images I took for this post come from an area with a lot of chalk. Knowing this kind of information about the location you are shooting is handy for your identification afterwards.
The four images were taken on two different locations and on different days.
With the first two images I had a slightly overcast sky (so not bat for some nice light in the late afternoon). For the last two the weather was bright and sunny so I had to wait till sunset to get some nice warm light.