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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.