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Watch out for the thorn! | by Giles Watson's poetry and prose
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Watch out for the thorn!

Gastrophysa viridula negotiating a bramble stem. The black line which divides the photo is a grass stem. I considered cropping it out, but changed my mind, deciding that it says much more about the moment itself when it is left like this. I was crouched down, watching this lovely little beetle with delight, easing my camera lens through the grass stems, and this one got in the way at the crucial moment.

 

Photographed at Badbury Clump, near Faringdon, Oxfordshire.

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Taken on May 16, 2009