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Brockadale Nature Reserve

  • July,11, 2020

Today I visited one of my favourite spots, Brockadale Nature Reserve. After days of raining the sun briefly returned. Flowers were out in full bloom, the butterflies were active and the river was flowing fast. Perfect for a day of photography! Well, sort of...

I arrived at Brockadale at about 11am. The sky was slightly overcast so the shadows weren't too strong. I brought along the Laowa 100m 2x macro lens and speedlight with mini soft box. I'd also brought along my 4 year daughter. She was a great help in spotting bugs and butterflies although it did somewhat limit the shots I could get.

Brockadale Nature Reserve

Brockadale Nature Reserve

As you head up to the top fields you kind find horses horses grazing on the limestone grassland.

Horses

Horses

There was an abundance of flies, bugs and butterflies although midday possibly isn't the best time for macro shots of bugs because they tend to be extremely active.

Fly

Fly

As you walk through the semi-ancient woodlands you need a keen eye to spot the tiny insects crawling through the grass and leaves.

Tiny bug

Tiny bug

The Common Red Soldier Beetles were out in force.

 Common Red Soldier Beetle

Common Red Soldier Beetle

Common Red Soldier Beetles breed from June to August and are often seen in pairs.

 Common Red Soldier Beetles

Common Red Soldier Beetles

They make an interesting subject and this one sitting on a lilac petal was probably my favourite.

 Common Red Soldier Beetle

Common Red Soldier Beetle

There were butterflies everywhere you looked but at this time of day they don't sit long enough for you to get in close. The best time is early in the morning of late evening when the temperatures drop and they start to roost.

Butterfly

Butterfly

I managed to snap this one feeding on a flower and was able to get in for a close up of the head.

Butterfly up close

Butterfly up close

One creature that wasn't as difficult to catch was the snail. If you look on the leaves of the trees you will find snails of all sizes. This one kept my daughter amused long enough for me to get a few more photos.

Snail

Snail

Brockadale is a fantastic place to come and explore. The paths go off in all directions and it's easy to get lost. If you're willing to escape the beaten trail you can find some beautiful secluded areas teaming with wild flower and wildlife. I'll definitely be back again soon!

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It's mid-July and as you'd expect here in the UK it's cold and raining. But that's a good thing! When the temperatures drop and there's rain in the air insects tend to become inactive. And that means you've got a perfect opportunity to try some macro photography!

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