Celia Hart's blog about what's going on in and around her studio.
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Monday, 10 August 2009

Last rays of the sun

summer•shorts no:10

Cure-all, protector, forecaster of storms . . .

The Carline Thistle
Carlina vulgaris

Reflecting the last colours of the evening sky . . .

A Chalkhill Blue butterfly (Polyommatus coridon)
pauses on the delicate florets of
the Small Scabious (Scabiosa columbaria).

Dusky pompom bobbing above the grassy bank . . .

The Devil's Bit Scabious (Scabiosa pratensis) whose
stunted root Old Nick chewed to steal its
soothing power.

Photos taken during our walk on The Devil's Dyke yesterday evening.


  1. I love wild flower and butterfly photos. I photographed a few Painted Ladies yesterday - haven't downloaded to see if they are in focus though!

  2. These are such familiar images Celia. As you read last week, I walk the dog along the Dyke every evening. Lovely x

  3. Thank you for taking us along with you on your walk through those wonderful pictures.

    The subjects are small, perhaps delicate, yet create such strong images!

    Best wishes.

  4. Oh beautiful Scabious, a beautiful flower, I love it in all its forms. An added bonus to find that lovely butterfly.

  5. Thank you for this delightful meadow walk and for the magical words also. The simple form of wild flowers are just so lovely.

  6. Just found your blog and spent a good half hour reading back. Lovely and very much like your pictures. Like your chutney recipe too. I am drowning in a glut of chard and courgettes and just as soon as the apples start delivering (not long now) I am going to start chutney making. Already have the onions drying.

  7. Hi Vegetable Heaven - hope your butterfly photos came out well.

    Hi Silverpebble - isn't it lovely being elevated above the fen with wildflowers and butterflies!

    Hi Frances - you're right, some of the plants are very small.

    Hi Toffeeapple - I agree, scabious are beautiful :-)

    Hi Cottage Garden - the walk is along the Devil's Dyke (a Saxon earthwork) the 'meadow' is a high chalk bank and deep defensive ditch about 7 miles long.

    Thank you Leanne :-)

    Hi Elizabethm - welcome to PPPs! I've just had a quick peek at your blogs - hope the garden continues to give you strength :-)



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