Hartslock BBOWT Nature Reserve

Earlier this week I took a trip to the lovely Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) Nature Reserve at Hartslock, overlooking the River Thames in southern Oxfordshire.  I went in search of butterflies – Green Hairstreaks – in particular; though I didn’t find any of those to photograph, I did manage 8 species of butterfly including 1st sightings of the year for Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper, and Small Heath.  This site is really famous for its orchids, since it is a nationally significant spot for Lady Orchids and Monkey Orchids.  These are yet to appear in bud, so a return visit at the end of May will be in order.  However, the stars of the show on this visit were the Pasqueflowers.  Although these have been introduced here, they seem to be flourishing, and seem to be in higher numbers than this time last year.  I captured a few shots of them, one of which I present here.

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Pasqueflower – Pulsatilla vulgaris

Nikon D3S/200f4micro/cpl
ISO 200 1/320 f/5
Large UV diffuser to shield flower from strong direct sunlight
White balance reading taken in ACR from mid-grey camera-bag insert positioned in frame in another shot.

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