Recently I returned from France with overwhelming memories, a full hard disk, a damaged camera, a broken tripod connection system, painful knees and legs full of scratches and bites......but, due to all I had a wonderful period in the Ardeche (Le Charnier). I had one cloudy day and the rest of my stay only blue sky with sun which is good for swimming in the pool and river but bad for me as a photographer. The moments early in the morning were too short and near the accommodation I couldn’t find much resting butterflies. So, I had to come in action at day. Not always easy when it’s bloody hot!
Around le Charnier I found at least 43 butterfly species and photographed 28! 9 species which I photographed are new (which means that I did not photograph them digital) and their chapters will be added soon to this
The first new species which I like to present is a Brimstone, not the common Brimstone but the Cleopatra (Gonepteryx Cleopatra). This butterfly lives higher in the hills on steep rocky slopes and is very active and hard to photograph. One day two male butterflies were very hungry and they ‘devoured’ the flowering lavender.
Canon 7D; tripod; remote release; 180mm, 1/320s at F8 and ISO125
The second species which was quite common around Le Charnier was the Marbled Fritillary (Brenthis daphne) which was not surprising as Bramble is growing everywhere. Unfortunately, I saw this species more
flying and even more flying away from a female photographer until the cloudy (and a bit colder) day came.....suddenly they were lazy, one specimen extreme lazy and I could photograph them decently.
Canon 7D; tripod; remote release; 180mm, 1/20s at F9 and ISO100
Part II will follow soon!
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.