Posted by: travelrat | February 14, 2016

Travel Theme: Flutter


I used to know a lady who was famous for her ‘Spoonerisms’. For those who don’t know, this form of speech was named after Oxford don, Dr William Spooner, who was famous for always getting his muddy blirds wuddled. My friend always used to talk about ‘flutterbys’ when she meant butterflies … so that’s what I shall discuss this week.

Less than a quarter of a mile from where I live used to be a railway line. But, it ceased service over 50 years ago, and the track was taken up. It’s now a public footpath … and a Butterfly Reserve. It’s ideal for this purpose, because the foliage was never kept in check by chemical means.

I often go down there to photograph the butterflies, which is easier said than done; they’re skittish little creatures, and Sarah’s ‘flutterbys’ seem a highly accurate description. But, I’ve put together a slide show of the best pictures I’ve managed to get, helped out with pictures of a few exotic ones, taken at ‘tropical houses’ and the like.

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(According to a naturalist friend, you can attract butterflies, and get them to stay still by urinating on the ground. But, you don’t want to see photographs of pools of pee, do you? )

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