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Frosted Fritillary

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The snake's head fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris) is a nationally rare plant, of which most of the British population is found in Thames vale meadows of north Wiltshire. Flowering in mid-April, it astonishes me how these delicate plants are able to withstand hard frost. I arrived at the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's Clattinger Farm meadow before sunrise to capture this image of a fritillary encased in tiny crystals of ice. Using a 230mm telephoto lens with the aperture wide open enabled me to show the fritillary in sharp focus, well separated from a diffuse background.