So Long Meteors…

This is Ireland. Don’t ever dare plan to photograph full-moons rising… or eclipses… or meteor showers. Just don’t! Yes… you can get lucky and spot something of interest but if you don’t have the camera ready it will be gone before you can say meteor.

However, one can always try to snap a meteor… so, we went down to the beach… in the hope of seeing another low riding freight train of an earth-grazer… like we witnessed a week ago when we slept on the beach! We spent a few hours down at the beach… to no avail. The clouds just didn’t allow for anything to happen. I did get some fun snaps though… like this 15 second exposure of the distant Arklow lights… and the good lady adding a bit of character to the snap! As you can see… a sky full of clouds doesn’t really allow for meteor spotting!

Remember… tomorrow at around noon, Nellie’s tale will continue! Make it a date, won’t you?

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Patterns

I’ve noticed quite a few bloggers’ contributing great posts for this challenge so, I went looking. This week’s challenge, offered by Ann-Christine, is rather appetising. I mean, who could resist showing off their pattern photos? I didn’t really know where to begin but a quick look through the past few week’s photos pointed me firmly in the direction of nature… specifically butterflies! The warm, dry weather in Ireland has offered up great butterfly viewing. We have recorded the best sighting in the last few weeks so… why don’t I show you just how diverse the butterfly wing patterns can be?

⇑ – Red Admirals in the shade – top and bottom wing patterns

⇑ Peacock (left) and Small Tortoiseshell sharing the same flower-head…

⇑ Painted Lady resting… Six-Spot Burnet moths in the background and bumblebee approaching. Such diverse patterns… added to the interesting Sea Holly plant patterns…

⇑ Common Blue female looking for a sweet treat? Her inner wing pattern clearly differentiates her from the male… ⇓

I’ll stop now but this is such an inviting challenge that I may do another post later in the week! Happy Monday… may you set interesting and attainable goals for this week and enjoy reaching them!

PS – If you want to see more butterflies, feel free to visit my Irish Butterfly page…

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Silent Sunday – Three on the Wing

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Saturday Six Word Story – Sea Dreams

The Bird… views boat… and bird!

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