Softly Captured ~ The Uncommon Beauty Of A Common Blue


When you suddenly spot one, it’s as if the summer sky has dropped a small fluttering piece of itself.  It takes a second or two to register what you have seen, and by then it has gone. For Polyommatus icarus, the Common Blue butterfly is not only small – around one inch across – it is also skittish.  I did not attempt a closer shot for fear of spooking it. And then I thought that I didn’t really want a close-up; they have their limitations. Better, I thought, to share the Common Blue much as a I saw it (soft focus and all) on the flowers of creeping thistle beside field path.

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65 thoughts on “Softly Captured ~ The Uncommon Beauty Of A Common Blue

  1. What a beautiful post Tish. Love the way you described and captured this beautiful creature. We’re blessed with many butterflies here but I’ve never seen one of these!

      1. It’s life, Tish! There are always ways of managing things…..plenty I miss, but I try to focus on the positive…in the words of the late Leonard Cohen ‘Ring the bells that still can ring (forget your perfect offering)’

  2. Beautiful! I remember as a child, walking along the cliffs above Moneypenny Cove, near Fowey, clouds of these beautiful little creatures rising ahead of us. I haven’t seen one for years so thank you for this lovely photograph. 🙂

      1. Sorry, I’ve been away gardening so only just seen this. Of course I’m happy for you to use the photo with a credit – if it’s not too late.

    1. You need to visit Godrevy point Sally, there were lots of blues there in June – maybe the Silver-studded Blue. Also I have seen lots down at Cot Valley also in June.

      1. We frequently go to Godrevy near the island, been there this evening. Is that the same as Godrevy Point? We’ll be off down the Cot Valley next June, maybe sooner as they seem to be around now in some places. Thanks for the tip. 🙂

      2. I think up on the tumulus is what is called the point – opposite the island. The butterflies were feasting on the kidney vetch so maybe they have moved on now.

  3. Oh – wow! I saw a couple (I think) dancing round one another on downland not long ago – whatever they were, it was a lovely sight – peaceful, summery, happy. Never seen one as close as your wonderful photograph.

    1. They are an uplifting sight. After I’d posted this piece, I found a couple flitting around in the garden. They like the oregano flowers, but soon whizzed off.

  4. Great photo of the blue butterfly, Tish! You are right many a good shot has been spoiled by getting too close to the object, especially a skittish one. Have a great day!

  5. I love the idea of a piece of the blue sky dropped onto earth. Lovely butterflies and the only way I have got a closer shot is by having a zoom lens on the camera!

  6. That is such a dainty and colourful butterfly Tish, well done capturing it to share with us. Unfortunately butterflies seem to be a disappearing sight over here, as are gardens.

      1. The houses being built now take up the whole section no space left for gardens. Or they build apartment blocks, again no gardens. Gardeners are a dyeing breed. Also caterpillars are looked on as pests and plants are drenched in insecticides to kill them. No caterpillars no butterflies, so sad.

      2. Gosh, you really have surprised me, Pauline. Gardening seems to be on the up in the UK despite the close-knit domestic spaces, and reduced size of garden plots.

      3. There are still dedicated gardeners around, but seems to be the older generations. The younger ones seem to want, want, ie bigger houses, newer cars, more electronics then of course, have to work longer to pay for them, this means no time for frivolous gardening. I’m probably generalising, there’s always exceptions to the rule. Meanwhile we will garden on as they don’t know the pleasure they are missing

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