August 18 – final butterflies and a hopper

I have set myself new writing targets for September; stepping back from the WIP and concentrating on improving my photography has helped me to regain enthusiasm for finishing the novel.  A huge ” thank-you” to everyone who has liked and/or left kind comments in response to the photographic posts as the positive feedback really helped to keep depression at bay.  These are the last butterfly shots for 2013.

I took the photo of the Small Copper butterfly last week on the marjoram that has been covered in bees and butterflies all summer

small copper

Yesterday some Speckled Wood butterflies were flying in a small group along the edge of a belt of trees; they completely ignored me

speckled wood1
This one was darker than the others; it looks a bit moth-eaten!

speckled wood2
I couldn’t get a clear shot of the underside; this was the best effort

speckled wood3

I don’t know anything about identifying grasshoppers but this little creature appeared in front of me on a reed

ghopper1
I knew I had a good shot but I waited to see if I could capture the face

ghopper2
Afraid that it was disappearing I snatched that picture too quickly without getting the focus right  but, a moment later, the hopper reappeared from the far side of the reed and I had my shot of the dayghopper3

where have all the words gone? will “normal service” ever be resumed?

Where have all the words gone?  I know the answer to that question. The ones from my first attempt at a novel are in intensive care.

no visitors

 
They haven’t responded well to their surgery and are languishing in disarray.

nil by mouth 2

All the new words in my “inspirational thoughts” journal are sulking like recalcitrant teenagers behind their comfy Moleskine jacket. Nothing will tempt them outside.

I think hope “normal service” will be resumed soon but, just for the moment, the photographs will have to suffice.