As a photographer I have been fascinated (obsessed?) by butterflies for years. So delicate and yet so robust, they are brilliant indicators of habitat quality and our changing climate, although they are sadly also in steep decline.
One of my personal ambitions is to see and photograph all 59 species of butterfly in the UK, and this year I have set myself the goal of seeing ten new species over the summer. As soon as I heard the green hairstreaks were waking up in the Peak District I headed to an area I knew was loaded with mulberry plants (and that had a fairly decent view).
As soon as I arrived the air around me seemed to sparkle with life, tiny little breaks in the fabric of our universe. As a wildlife photographer it's fairly standard practice to fail at least 13 times before you find what you are looking for, but this time I had struck gold (or should I say green).
The green hairstreak is one of the most beautiful butterflies we have in the UK, and is the only green butterfly on our shores. It is the most widespread of our hairstreaks and form very distinct colonies - once you see one, you'll see more.
I was lucky enough to spend a few hours with these incredible little creatures before the realities (and responsibilities) of adult life slowly set back in. Still, it's nice to know they're fluttering around up there, casting their style of magic across the remote hills of one of our most beautiful national parks.