I'm in the Vosges again for a few days and as there is always a chance to photograph a butterfly like the Chamberwell Beauty I took my camera, tripod and beanbag with me. Yesterday afternoon, after a day of work, we wanted to make a walk through the forest when I noticed a butterfly nearby:
After some photos with my smartphone I went back inside for my camera and beanbag. Although this butterfly is at least 10 months old I was surprised that he had no damages. A few minutes later the sun was shining again and 'le citron' was gone.
It's very cloudy here in France and the nights are still cold but as soon as the sun comes out for more than 2 minutes, butterflies (brimstones, red admiral, orangetips) are starting flying around.
Due to a lot of Easter traffic I arrived late in the Vosges and the last four hundred metres I collected 'frozen' frogs from the path. Once in the house it seemed that there was frost damage as again (see my first blog) water was flowing through the ceiling into the living room. I was too tired to worry about it and went to bed.
The next day started to find some water as I needed coffee....the lesson I learned is to buy some extra water bottles in case of frost damage.
In the early afternoon the problem was fixed and I noticed that the sun was shining. I took a stool and choose a 'I can see the path position' and within a few minutes I saw a big butterfly coming down and started screaming as I could not believe that it really was that species and because I was angry at myself that my camera was still in the house. When I returned with camera the butterfly flew away.
Twenty minutes later the butterfly returned, I guess that it was the same butterfly as he choose exact the same place.
I tried to approach the butterfly carefully but he noticed me too quickly and after one snapshot he was gone. Unfortunately the sun disappeared and with her the butterflies so I only have that one photo.
New chances to meet the Camberwell Beauty again in ten days.....fingers crossed that it will be a sunny weekend!
But, I have no reason to complain as I also saw a Large Tortoiseshell and dozens of Brimstones who were attracted by the large amount of wild daffodils.
Since August 2017 I'm the owner of Maison Bonheur, an old farmhouse in the Vosges. Because of its location in the forest/nature the possibilities for nature/peace/relaxing lovers are limitless.