In five days time, a lot can change. All the Cuckoo flowers are pink now and the area is full of Orange-tips. Although I have other priorities at the moment, after two grey days I could not resist the thought that there might be a chance for a red sunset/sunrise.
Entering the area yesterday evening, I immediately found a male Orange-tip in the perfect direction to the sun, unfortunately his wings were a little bit damaged due to the emerging process.
While I was lying in the grass, a car stopped and two other nature photographers entered ‘my’ area. It costs me a few seconds to get used to it that it was no longer ‘my’ area and later on I learned that these two photographers will travel to Hungary in June too to photograph butterflies.......what a small world!
Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I'll give my all to you
You're my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I'm winning
Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you
© John Legend
On the evening of April 1st, I checked the area with Cuckoo flowers again. Although the temperatures were nice the last days, not much Cuckoo flowers were flowering. After I walked through the two meadows for almost an hour, I did not expect to find any butterfly anymore.
But, they fooled me because not much later I found at the end of the big meadow, under a tree, the first Orange-tip, a male. On my way back, on the other side, I found a second Orange-tip, a female. A good relationship often starts with some distance!
The female was sitting in front of the setting sun and I had to run to my car to pick up my camera and beanbag. Although the sun was disappearing behind the forest, I was just in time to catch the last orange light.
As the female was not sitting under a tree, I decided to return this morning to catch the orange light again from the opposite direction. It was a perfect morning with a lot of fog and a red sunrise. At arrival the light was blue and due to the fog the background was almost invisible. The amazing and spooky thing was that the fog suddenly vanished within a few seconds. The sky coloured pink and orange and there she was again.......the sun.
It's amazing to find the first emerged Orange-tips on April 1st!
Fire in the sky
After a long day and a lot of traffic jams on my way home, I needed a break so I visited the Cuckoo Flower area this evening and I was very very happy that I found two resting Orange-tips. As the area is surrounded by woods, it's impossible to combine the butterfly with a deep red sun but with my beanbag I tried to catch a bit of the red sky.
Adventurous Ride II
This morning I was up early and before sunrise I was driving in the fog to the Cuckoo Flower area again. Of course I did not take again the forest path but drove straight to the field and when I wanted to park my car next to the road it happened.....I lost control about my steering wheel and the complete car was sliding down to the ditch.
Just in time the car stopped and when I get out I landed in thick mud. I looked at my car, the wheels and the ditch and started wondering if I will ever getting out without help. But as nature was awakening and the fog gave a mysterious atmosphere, I started searching for sleeping Orange-tips first....you never know what will happening next!
Canon 7D; beanbag; angle finder; remote release; 180 mm, 1/50s and 1/85s at F3.5 and ISO100
I found some resting Orange-tips and after I was ready photographing them I walked back to my car and studied each wheel. As I have front-wheel drive I checked the mud under and in front of the wheels and decided to give it a try. With a bit acceleration I tried to reach a faster part and a few seconds later I was back on the road and very proud that I had fixed it!
Back at home I laid some carton in my car as I like to visit the Orange-tips these days again!
Yesterday I saw the first emerged butterflies. Although the temperature was not that high, a Small White (Pieris rapae) and Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) were slowly enjoying the sun and the nectar of the Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria).
In the evening I decided to drive to an area where a lot of Cuckoo Flowers are growing to see if I can find some Orange-tips or Whites resting on these flowers. I took a small sandy path through the forest as once (six or seven years ago) I had driven there together with a friend. While I was driving on this path I was wondering where all the hills came from.....I was slowly driving up and down, up and down and after a few minutes I started wondering if this was a smart idea as I heard some noises under my car. The path was too sandy and the hills were too steep so I gave myself immediately the answer but the point was that I was out there alone so I had no choice. After a while the path became very narrow and I had to choose a direction; I couldn’t remember being there ever before. Fortunately I choose the right direction as after a few hundreds meter I could see in the distance the main road. I learned another lesson yesterday: saving money for a 4 wheel drive!
Finally I reached the wet meadows and the first Cuckoo Flowers were flowering. The sun was hiding behind the clouds and it was cold and windy. I was walking and searching for a long time but I did not find one single resting butterfly. The Cuckoo Flowers were lovely and I found a ditch full of Iris so I will return soon....very soon to search for Orange-tips!
Canon 7D; beanbag; angle finder; remote release; 180 mm, 1/85s at F3.5 and ISO125
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