Yesterday I went for a walk on the North Downs with Susan and didn't take my camera, because it was supposed to be a WALK. But we did end up having a sit-down and there were impressive numbers of butterflies around. So much so that when I got home in the late afternoon I called Rob to see if he wanted to go butterfly-photographing and he did. After some minor lens-wrangling which saw me end up with his 70-180mm Nikon macro while he took my 180mm Sigma BigMac, we set off. It was nearly 7pm but I knew the particular slope we were heading for would be lit up until sunset.
Almost as soon as we arrived I heard a familiar but unexpected croak, and looked up to see two Ravens gliding overhead. The 70-180mm macro protested at being asked to do something it was really not designed for and trundled back and forth through its entire focal range without locking onto anything, while the corvids flew out of sight. Oh well, on with the butterflies. It was quite breezy which made for challenging conditions, but otherwise a gorgeous summer evening.