Kilwood and Blue Poole

On a showery ( sharp they were described on the radio) Sunday afternoon (8th Sept)  I took a visit to Dorset Wildlife Trusts Kilwood Nature Reserve near Blandford, hoping to find some remaining butterflies and maybe some darters at the reserve.

There were some obliging butterflies – quite a few whites and a few blues about.  The whites seem to have had a good year this year – the reverse can be said for the blues, which seem to have really suffered due to the bad spring.  After sheltering from one of the sharp showers, I managed to photograph a Common Blue Butterfly as it warmed up from the rain.

Common Blue perched on flower
Canon EOS 650D (100mm, f/4.5, 1/400 sec, ISO400)
Common Blue perched on flower

Common Blue perched on flower.  Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F4.5 1/400.  Natural Light.

Common Blue.
Canon EOS 650D (100mm, f/8, 1/400 sec, ISO400)
Common Blue.

Common Blue.  Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F8 1/400.  Natural Light.

I then spotted a Green-veined White nectaring nearby – with a fly grabbing a perch on its wing.

Green-viened White and Fly.
Canon EOS 650D (100mm, f/6.3, 1/200 sec, ISO400)
Green-viened White and Fly

Green-viened White and Fly.  Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F6.3 1/200.  Natural Light.

Walking further on, the normally good for darter reserve Norden, was devoid of any activity.  So I decided to pay a first visit to the nearby Blue Pool.  The pool is very blue – so no trade descriptions there.  The price for entry seemed a bit high for me (£5.50)  – but I was only on the lookout for damselflies and not making any use of the other amenities.  However I did get a reward for entry, as there were a lot of Emeral Damselflies about, the following three a my pic, of the macro shots I got of them, including a mating pair.

Female Emerald Damselfly.
Canon EOS 650D (100mm, f/4, 1/100 sec, ISO400)
Female Emerald Damselfly.

Female Emerald Damselfly.  Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F4 1/100.  Natural Light.

Female Emerald Damselfly.
Canon EOS 650D (100mm, f/3.2, 1/125 sec, ISO400)
Female Emerald Damselfly on Grass Stem.

Female Emerald Damselfly on Grass Stem.  Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F3.2 1/125.  Natural Light.

Mating Emerald Damselflies.
Canon EOS 650D (100mm, f/4.5, 1/125 sec, ISO400)
Mating Emerald Damselflies.

Mating Emerald Damselflies.  Taken on Canon 650D with Canon 100mm USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F4.5 1/125.  Natural Light.

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Chris

I've been taking macro photography from 2004. I use both Canon film and digital cameras.

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