I took these two shots late this afternoon / early evening at St Andrew's Pool near Par. The light was stunning this evening and it enabled me to get some nice images. The first image was taken with the exposure set to spot metering and the second image was set on centre-weighted. Just one subtle change to the metering makes such a difference in changing light conditions.
Tuesday, 12 February 2013
An exciting day has been planned by the Cornwall Bird-Watching & Preservation Society for Saturday 3rd August (evening) and Sunday 4th August. A Day for Nature will include a combination of interesting guided walks, nature-themed fun for the kids (run by the National Trust), green woodworking and bushcraft demonstrations and a strategically positioned marquee bustling with the world's leading optics manufacturers. And thrown in for good measure, leading local natural history artist "Griff" Griffiths will be displaying some of his exceptional talent. More information will be publicised later, but for now, please note the date in your diaries.
There is still some limited exhibitor display space available. If you would like to exhibit, please contact Tony Blunden firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, 10 February 2013
|Monarchs clustering in a pine tree (20m from the beach) just before sunset|
It's quite an experience to watch as new arrivals pitch in, creating a brief flurry of orange as they jostle for position. I've always been fascinated with the TV documentaries on Monarchs in Mexico but never thought I would witness the species in such numbers in New Jersey!
|Monarch nectaring from a Seaside Goldenrod plant.|
|Miniture, unique tagging stickers, are applied to the lower underwing.|
|A wingtagged Monarch roosting in a pine tree.|
Monarchs are especially noted for their lengthy annual migration. In North America, they make massive southward migrations starting in August until the first frost. A northward migration takes place in the spring. The monarch is the only butterfly that migrates both north and south as the birds do on a regular basis, but no single individual makes the entire round trip. Female Monarchs deposit eggs for the next generation during these migrations. More detailed information can be found here
|A small section of roosting Monarchs.|