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Painted Lady - Vanessa cardui - Matera - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Painted Lady

There’s a profusion of beautiful wild pink Valerian growing here in the south of Italy. It reminds me of being back in …

Stilbella - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

What’s in a name?

Here’s the most wonderful fungus growing on a decaying slime mould growing on a piece of tree bark smaller than my finger …

Peacock Butterfly - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Peacock

Here’s my photograph of a Peacock Butterfly, Aglais io, from 2017: Here’s a photograph from my holiday scrapbooks from forty years ago …

Speckled Wood - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Speckled Wood

It’s late in the year but a little sunshine has brought out the butterflies. There’s a wonderful Speckled Wood butterfly, Pararge aegeria, …

Vanessa atalanta - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Vanessa through the ages

This summer I saw a Red Admiral butterfly in high winds feeding on Westray in Orkney: The scientific name of the Red …

Grayling - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A Grayling

I’m trying to have a relaxed breakfast but there’s too much to see. I want my Italian coffee and croissant but I …