in my garden | mr grumpy

I’m not sure what kind he is (possibly a Ringlet?) as he wouldn’t open his wings for me, just sat there on the honeysuckle leaf looking grumpy. I had my macro lens with me as I was photographing bees, or trying to, and he was just that little bit too high up for me to get a clearer picture of him, except for the furry face that surely only a mother could love?


  1. restlessjo says:

    He reminds me of someone. 🙂 🙂 Poor fellow- obviously having a bad day and then you come along and stare.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Well I like to think he was staring at me given he was higher up. Probably saying ” this is all you are getting!”

      1. restlessjo says:

        Good enough for you 🙂 🙂 Distinctly wet here now but we’ve had a lovely lunch with friends up at Hexham.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Lovely area. Very thundery looking here, but no rain so far.

  2. beetleypete says:

    At least he/she sat still for the photo. If I looked like that, I doubt I would be happy to pose either!
    Best wishes, Pete. x

  3. Fabulous shot Jude! I stopped by the Butterfly Centre in Zanzibar recently and none of the little buggers would stay still long enough to photograph properly. I was quite unamused having paid a hefty tourist entrance fee for very little. I would have been happy with just one decent shot even if it was grumpy 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      That IS annoying!

  4. He’s lovely in his own kind of way.

    1. Heyjude says:

      He is. I agree.

  5. Joanne Sisco says:

    Wow – look how furry he is! … and he’s definitely having a bad hair day 😏

    1. Heyjude says:

      Facial hair should be neatly trimmed 🙂

      1. Joanne Sisco says:

        … and a little hair product goes a long way 😉

  6. Sue says:

    Cutely grumpy!

  7. I like that the wings are blurry and that fuzzy face is so sharp. Great capture, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ah, well the fuzzy face (he really could do with a shave) was the only bit I could reach. Still I liked him too 🙂

  8. Sue Slaght says:

    It strikes me he might need a shave! That’s some incredible detail Jude. A bit frightening first thing in the morning. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Sorry Sue. Didn’t mean to give you a fright. Yes it has been mentioned that a visit to the barber might be due.

  9. Pit says:

    You got a great shot of this guy!
    Have a wonderful weekend,

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Pit – you too! Start of the school holidays today so I won’t be going far for the next 6 weeks!

      1. Pit says:

        It’s always good when you can avoid going on trips during school holidays.

        1. Heyjude says:

          I avoid going out if possible! The roads around here are so busy! Came across several German cars today being driven very very slowly on our Cornish lanes.

        2. Pit says:

          Oh yes, this German here knows the narrow Cornish lanes – as well as those in the Lake District. My problem there were the locals, driving as if nobody else would ever be on those lanes. 😀

        3. Heyjude says:

          They do! I agree with you! Scare me to death the speed they come around blind corners – same in Norfolk too.

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  10. Ali says:

    Oh, his face! He’s like a mangy terrier I used to walk with my gran. He had to wear a plastic bag on his foot – the humiliation! But your butterly is also strangely beautiful. And his eyes! Fantastic photo!!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I like the comparison to a mangy terrier!

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