Butterfly & Insect World

Recently took my husband and our cameras for a day out to a local insect and butterfly farm and it was great. We spent the whole day photographing and watching amazing little animals and insects. Here are a few of my favourite shots from the day, I hope you enjoy them.

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This was one of the first photographs I took as we went inside the butterfly farm, my lens was a bit steamed up due to the temperature change and I was worried it wouldn’t come out very well. It turned out to be one of my favourite shots and has given it something of an accidental special effect.

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Rows of chrysalis just waiting to emerge, kind of like ideas.

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Poison arrow frogs, incredibly hard to get a cleat shot but finally I managed this one. I love these little guys probably because I am obsessed with poisons from nature.

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Here’s a beautiful, dramatic creature who’s just completed it’s transformation from caterpillar to butterfly

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Plot twist! Think you’re looking at the eye of something a bit more fierce, it never ceases to amaze me how creatures have such wonderful inbuilt camoflage.

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Just love this image of terrapins worshiping their lamp. Interestingly the butterfly and insect farm have never bought any terrapins, all their residents are rejected pets because they grow a lot bigger than people realise, can be a bit smelly and are much more of a commitment.

Whitley Bay in the Evening

This little bit of coast line is beautiful, we’ve been here a few times and I really like it. It helps that there’s a truly excellent Fish & Chip shop that does great gluten free. One evening on my most recent visit we went out to do some evening photography.

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The sun was just starting to go down and I captured this reflection of the lighthouse in the water.

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It was a really still and peaceful evening and the lights from the busy town reflected off of the sea in such a lovely way, I am always entranced by images like this.

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As it started to get dark the illuminations up the side of the lighthouse were really eye-catching and I like the way the clouds are still white a fluffy but you can imagine them turning grey and stormy.

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I must have tried catching this shot a dozen times in order to get this one with the car lights a blur and I was really pleased with the affect.

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By the time we packed up our cameras it was dark and late but it was an evening I thoroughly enjoyed. We had to walk back to the motorhome with the aid of a torch. These excursions with my camera help to remind me of the beautiful and interesting places I’ve visited. I love to use them to help me conjure up imagery and the set the scene when I’m writing.

Welcome to Visual Inspiration

I love to travel and I’m particularly fond of travelling around my home country of Scotland, though I’m happy to go further afield too. I have a lovely little motorhome which takes me all over the UK and it is when I am away from it all in this little oasis of calm that I see things that inspire me to write and to be creative.

I want to share that with you all so you can have a window into the best part of my life. I’ll be sharing my own photographs from my travelling adventures here and I hope that you enjoy them.