I've got quite a busy week but today, as the sun was shining and this is not going to be likely for the next few days (!), I decided to juggle my diary and visit RHS Wisley to see the butterflies and, hopefully, get some pictures. This, in principle, was a great idea!
So, I got there for about 10 o'clock (when Wisley opens) thinking I could get to the Glasshouse before everyone else. WRONG!! Apparently (accordingly to an overheard conversation) the press were being given a tour and, as a result, the Glasshouse wasn't open to the public until 11.00 a.m. (FACT)!!
So I used my time to have a wander and visit the bird feeders. With reasonable success in terms of pictures.
Then off to the Glasshouse - with everyone else within a day's travelling of Wisley - it was PACKED!!! Which is great for Wisley but horrid for photographs.
The level of humidity was very high in the Glasshouse and it took 50 minutes for my camera lens to acclimatise. I believe that those with compacts or lenses that were smaller in diameter probably didn't have to wait for so long. Whilst waiting I was getting hotter and hotter!
Another disadvantage of the humidity was the effect it had on me - tropical steamy heat and me, dressed for winter temperatures. WOW - talk about a Turkish bath!!
So having finally left the Glasshouse I had a quick bite eat (Sausage in a roll with onion relish and a Mocha - oooh, that was nice) and a further wander before heading off home for the school run!
Photographically - it was a very challenging day. Outside the light was bright and harsh, (especially for photographing snowdrops); in the glasshouse the camera couldn't focus properly because of the constant misting up of the lens.
Anyway, herewith the results of today's efforts.....
Robin perched high singing his wonderful song..
Male Chaffinch lit by the sun
The eyes of this butterfly are amazingly colourful!
A bit of floral colour
Snowdrops in the gardens - my first this year..
A lovely visit, but, if you're wanting to photograph the flutters... get there early and allow plenty of time for your camera to acclimatise.