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The Swanage Steam Railway is certainly one of Dorset's gems with steam trains running between Swanage and Norden and this year a new extension for diesel powered trains to Wareham.
The 11.20 from Swanage to Norden stopping at Corfe Castle
A shot taken from the footbridge at Corfe Castle station on the Swanage Steam Railway in Dorset. Steam trains run between Swanage and Norden and this year diesel trains have begun running on the reopened strecth to Wareham.
#photography #steam #ltrain #dorset #steamysunday #steamlocomotive #railways #lensbaby
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A stonechat at Abbotsbury:
A stonechat at Abbotsbury this evening
A stonechat ( Saxicola rubicola) resting on vegetation where Chesil Beach joins the mainland at Abbotsbury in the warm evening light.
#birds #photography #naturephotography #bokeh
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A shot of a blue butterfly in Tout Quarry on Portland. There are still a few along the Weares too.
Female blue butterfly
A handheld macro close up of a female silver studded blue butterfly taken using a flashlight and an EF25 extension tube in order to get closer to the butterfly and to throw the background out of focus.
#macrophotography #wildlife #nature #naturephotography
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Tout Quarry and the Weares of Portland are great places to explore in the summer for anyone interested in butterflies.
Silver-studded blue butterfly (pleibus argus)
The last silver studded blue butterflies to emerge this year were hanging to tall grasses and low lying flowers trying to catch shelter from the wind howling across the island of Portland yesterday afternoon when I went for a walk around Tout Quarry. Some were battered by the wind and most had parts of wings missing from bird attacks but I was lucky enough to see this intact individual. I expect that most will be gone in the next few days until the caterpillars return next April or May; there lives are as ephemeral as the English summer.
#wildlife #nature #photography #naturephotography
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The Red Arrows at Weymouth Carnival 2017
A shot of the Red Arrows passing over Weymouth Bay on the afternoon of Weymouth's annual carnival
#dorset #aeroplanes #planes #aviation
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Tout Quarry on Portland is one of the many great places to visit in Dorset
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Last night at Durdle Door
A shot taken before midnight of the natural limestone arch Durdle Door in Dorset. It was a bright moonlit night so there weren't too many stars visible but there were quite a lot of glow worms along the cliff top path.
#seascapephotography   #landscapephotography   #seascape   #dorset   #uk  
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Sundews
Sundews (drosera) on the heathland yesterday. The little drops of liquid around the tendrils of the plant are known as "mucilage" and are produced from glands in the plant to attract and digest small insects. They do this to supplement their nutritional uptake since they are found on very poor soils.The greyish black detritus on the end of one tendril here is a partially digested insect. The green in the background is that of spagnum moss which it often grows near in the marshier and wetter parts of the Dorset heathland.
#macrophotography   #wildlifephotography   #naturephotography   #photography  
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Large Red Damselfly
This afternoon there were several types of red, blue and azure damselflies at Moreton in Dorset. This is a large red damselfly which can be identified as being a "large" rather than a "small" by the fact it has black legs. The females lay eggs underwater on vegetation in the brownish bogs at Moreton. Damselflies have very strange mating habits whereby the males and females first display very visibly to each other to check that they are mating with the correct species since several different types can inhabit one pond. This is currently happening at Moreton.
#wildlifephotography   #wildlife   #naturephotography   #nature   #macroaddict   #macrophotography   #insects  
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Wild insectivorous sundews
A shot of some sundews on the wetter part of Turners Puddle heath in Dorset taken this afternoon. Sundews grow on poorer soil on the heathland near where I live and get their nutrient from digesting insects which land on them. The plants can live for up to 50 years. They can move their leaves only very slightly in order to move digesting insects closer to the centre of the plant but the insects are attracted initially by the sweet dewlike substance usually called "mucilage" that forms on the tip of each tendril. The plants are actually quite small ..just a few centimetres across at most.. Asian Nepenthes plants or American Sarracenia & Venus Flytraps occupy the same function in nature elsewhere in the world.

#dorset   #wildlifephotography   #wildlife   #naturephotography   #nature   #wildflowers  
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