Atalanta

A Vanessa atalanta butterfly on a yellow Buddleja (xweyeriana ‘Sungold’). Apparently, the English name of this butterfly is ‘the red admiral’.

The Sigma lens on my camera offers the beautiful bokeh that creates a kind of transparency in the background. Of course, in downsizing the image for use on this website some of the lustre in the original was lost.

Physocarpus opulifolius

Physocarpus opulifolius (in Dutch: blaasspirea) is a rather photogenic plant. It is doing quite well in my sunny and dry backyard. I love the dark red foliage, complemented by pinkish flowers in early summer that are followed by lovely glossy dark red seedheads.