I must admit....I can use to this!!! The first month of my four months sabbatical is 'gone' and it's time to look back to my trips in the Provence and the Vosges. In both regions the amount of butterflies were low and near my house in the Vosges I did not find one resting butterfly so I had enough time for other things like gardening.
In the Provence I fortunately found some blue species but the most common blue species of this region were not emerged yet (like Adonis Blue, Provence Chalk-hill Blue, Common Blue). When I walked around one afternoon I found a Black-eyed Blue and while I looked at it a second one came and within a moment they were mating.
Unfortunately it was a stormy afternoon when they were mating and when I checked the photos later I found out that I only had one sharp photo.
The strong wind was a killjoy during my stay. I tried to catch the butterflies with open wings in the morning but it was a challenge for them to open the wings as they got blown away. Most of them left their sleeping place soon to sit on the ground.
Yesterday I returned (driving through a snow storm near Langres/France) from a two week vacation in the Provence. Again I found a nature walhalla at the end of the world (actually a long hill). The accommodation felt like paradise with a unique view and the 3ha property was covered with thyme, rosemary and lavender......ideal for butterflies!
Unfortunately, again the temperatures were disappointing low in the Provence and with them the amount of (emerged) butterflies. An other frustrating issue was the strong (almost stormy) wind during my stay.
But, I will not complain as I enjoyed this paradise, the silence and the butterflies I found. On the first day I found a freshly emerged Scarce Swallowtail and on my last day during my last tour in the afternoon I found a big surprise.....a Spanish Festoon which was very cooperative!
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.