For today’s spring flashback, I’d like to rewind my world clock by some eleven years. While on a working trip in France, I had a weekend free to explore the natural beauty of Bretagne/Brittany and, from my base in Quimper, chose to make a day trip to the western points of the peninsula that juts out into the English channel. My first destination was the Pointe du Raz, where I found a wonderful crop of sea thrift (Armeria maritima) clinging to one of its south-facing slopes.
My second was the Pointe du Van, slightly to the north. There were more sea thrift growing at the inland edge of the inlet with longer stems and fuller flowers, and I was captivated by them. As I looked closely, I noticed a beautiful, metallic-green beetle that was apparently enjoying his tumultuous ride in the stiff on-shore winds.
I have since managed to identify it as a blister beetle (family Meloidae). It took me nearly half an hour of cramped patience, straddling the swaying stalk, waiting for a brief moment of relative calm, to make three acceptable images. In the other two, my subject was, unfortunately for me, facing away from my camera.