Appalachians

I was out yesterday photographing butterflies and one of the things that I wanted to capture was a particular moth emerging from it’s cocoon. It seems to take them a long time to emerge and inflate their wings but I really wanted to photograph this so I sat down in the grass and waited and watched.

There are a couple of houses overlooking the meadow and after about twenty minutes of sitting motionless in the grass I saw a chap come out of a house and start walking towards me.

An elderly gentleman, he looked like a bit of a character. Walking with a stick and wearing a leather waistcoat and a cowboy hat, he had a silver badge on his waistcoat like a silver star but it was a butterfly.

“Are you all right?”

Well, I explained what I was doing and it turned out that he was a bit of a butterfly enthusiast too.

“Have you seen the Appalachians, they’re lovely, little black and white spotted ones?”

“Oh, you mean the Marbled Whites?”

“Appalachians I call them, I keep horses you see.”

Appalachians it is then, it makes perfect sense to me. I am indebted to Tony for telling me that, “if I come out to this field at eleven o’clock at night it is alive with glow worms.” That is something I must see. So here are some more Appalachians for my friend.

Marbled White

Marbled White

Marbled White

Marbled White

Marbled White

Marbled White

Marbled White

Marbled White

Marbled White

Marbled White

Marbled White

Marbled WhiteIt wasn’t long after Tony left when Buster stopped his van to come over and see if I was okay (they’ll get used to me). A local historian he has lived here for seventy years and remembers when the quarry was working. He also told me the glow worm story but he didn’t have a funny name for Marbled Whites šŸ™‚

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