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Monsoon 2015 Begins

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The 2015 Monsoon had a slow start. Predicted to begin on 10th June, by 13th there were only a few light showers. These exacerbate the humidity intensely, teasing that the full rains are on there way. Cloud cover increases and the light changes, becoming softer and more even.

But those few showers appear to trigger. Flora begins to re-take the land that has been burned dry over the past 9 months. Brown and dust is replaced by green and moist earth. It is as if a switch has been flicked from ‘Brown’ to ‘Green’, such is the speed of the transition.

Many flowers appear during this transition. Making the most of the nectar are the insects, especially butterflies, appearing as if awoken from a long sleep. Feeding voraciously before the full bombardment of the monsoon rain makes the journey from flower to flower one fraught with danger .The colours and patterns are stunning.

And a particular personal favourite visitor at this time of year – the first fireflies have been spotted. I’m planning to create images of these wonderfully enigmatic creatures. Beautiful to experience, but very tricky to get decent images. A lot of ideas are forming for this year to look to create some interesting photographs.

But for now, here are images of some of the flowers, plants and a beautiful butterfly that spent a good hour performing its own aerobatics display as it appeared to feed off of every bougainvillea flower in sight.

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