July 2010 - Baston Fen

I have been looking forward to July for quite a while. A couple of years ago my wife gave me "two nights away" (three days photography) for our anniversary and it seems to have stuck in the calendar each year! For the past two years I have travelled to Northumberland and combined visits to the Farne Islands with a drive further north to photograph Gannets on Bass Rock. This year I thought I was pushing my luck to successfully land on Bass Rock for three years in a row, and I had visited Bempton earlier in the year, so I decided against. Not having to book early onto the Bass Rock trip gave me the flexibility to go anywhere for my three days. But the draw of the Farne Islands still had me heading north......

But first, I had the luxury of a fourth day's photography, albeit more local to accommodate family commitments as well. So I chose to visit one of my favourite local reserves - Baston Fen, near Bourne in Lincolnshire. Because of the family commitments I referred to I was only able to visit in the middle of the day, not the best for photography, and it was bright sunny day (probably the best day of the week - but more of that later!!). All these factors made it difficult to photograph my target subjects, butterflies and dragonflies, as both tend to be on the wing in these conditions. I did, however, have some limited success.   

 

 

Not long after my arrival I found a Southern Hawker dragonfly resting on a bush by the side of the path. Using a slow approach it allowed a variety of compositions. 

Southern Hawker (immature)

Southern Hawker (immature)

Southern Hawker (immature) Southern Hawker (immature)

 

 

   

 

Later in the morning I found an Emerald Damselfly. I had to photograph it against the light , sinking my tripod legs into some very boggy ground.

Emerald Damselfly

 

I also wanted to photograph some butterflies, but they were very flighty. One group of thistles did however prove fruitful with both Comma and Ringlet butterflies feeding.

 

The first two images are Comma butterflies.

Comma

Comma

 

and this final shot is of a Ringlet.

Ringlet

More dragonfly, damselfly and butterfly photos can be found in the relevent galleries.