Saturday, 29 August 2009


These tiny loiterers on the barley's beard,
And happy units of a numerous herd
Of playfellows, the laughing Summer brings,
Mocking the sunshine on their glittering wings,
How merrily they creep, and run, and fly!
No kin they bear to labour's drudgery,
Smoothing the velvet of the pale hedge-rose;
And where they fly for dinner no one knows -
The dew-drops feed them not - they love the shine
Of noon, whose suns may bring them golden wine
All day they're playing in their Sunday dress -
When night reposes, for they can do no less;
Then, to the heath-bell's purple hood they fly,
And like to princes in their slumbers lie,
Secure from rain, and dropping dews, and all,
In silken beds and roomy painted hall.
So merrily they spend their summer-day,
Now in the corn-fields, now in the new-mown hay.
One almost fancies that such happy things,
With coloured hoods and richly burnished wings,
Are fairy folk, in splendid masquerade
Disguised, as if of mortal folk afraid,
Keeping their joyous pranks a mystery still,
Lest glaring day should do their secrets ill.

By John Clare

Small tortoiseshell butterfly and bumble bee on Tithonia rotundifolia.

Hover fly.

Bee on Eucomis.

Small tortoiseshell butterfly on Tithonia rotundifolia.

Fly on Eucomis.

Comma butterfly on Verbena bonariensis.


claradevi said...

Hi! Thank you for being my friend :)
You have beautiful photos on your blog and I adore you esp. for the passion you have for animals and nature. Stay in touch!

clara <3

Rothschild Orchid said...

Thanks Clara, I love your blog too, it's stunningly beautiful :o)

VP said...

I'm so glad you've posted the picture of the Tithonia as I was trying to remember its name the other day :)

Rothschild Orchid said...

Its from The Courts, another of your locals VP. It's one of my favourites. I've been meaning to blog about it for the last couple of weeks but I'm shattered at the moment -lots on at work unfortunately.

Charlotte said...

This is a wonderful blog with great pix! I shall enjoy following :-)