Thursday, 16 August 2012

Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve....12/08/2012

The Dragon-fly

Today I saw the dragon-fly
Come from the wells where he did lie.
An inner impulse rent the veil
Of his old husk: from head to tail
Came out clear plates of sapphire mail.
He dried his wings: like gauze they grew;
Thro' crofts and pastures wet with dew
A living flash of light he flew.

by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Common Darter

Painted Lady

Small Tortoiseshell


  1. I saw some dragonflies too - didn't write a poem though - Shame! Come to that I haven't seen any Painted Ladies this year - yet!

  2. This was my first Painted Lady this summer John, I did not see a single one last summer!

  3. Lovely photos Pam! I haven't seen even one Painted Lady so far but did see just one last Summer. I suppose we were all spoilt in 2009 :-)

    Don't be surprised if you see that poem on my blog at some point, I put it in my folder just last week :-)

  4. Thank you Jan!

    I think you are right we were all spoilt with the invasion in 2009, the same with the Waxwing invasions we miss them when they are in much smaller numbers!

    Great minds think alike! I shall look forward to reading the delightful poem on your delightful blog in the near future!

  5. No Painted Ladies last year or this year for me yet Pam.....I am hopeful that my new Dwarf Buddleja will attract some soon!

    A lovely poem to accompany your super Dragonfly photograph!

  6. Thank you Ruth!

    The Buddleias in my garden have not flowered as well this summer as they have the last few summers, too wet for them I fear! The flower heads are much smaller and are not lasting long with all the rain showers!
    Fingers crossed you get to see a few butterfly species soon!

  7. Painted Ladys are in short supply this year Pam so well done on getting a nice shot of one.

    I have only seen one flighty one this year!

  8. Thanks Jason, I was pleased to have managed a shot of the Painted Lady! Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Large White were also seen in the forecourt of the Visitor Centre. Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper and Ringlets were seen in decent numbers on the walk alongside the golf course but not a single Brimstone! I have yet to see a Red Admiral this summer.