About Les Day
At the age of 7, I caught a small yellow british moth called the Brimstone, and from that date, I became enthralled with the amazing colours of the insect world, and butterflies in particular. 47 years on, none of my enthusiasm has gone.
I am an ex Bank Official who, in 2007, emigrated from Sidmouth, Devon, England, to Koh Samui, primarily to study the butterflies of the Island. After a couple of years, it became apparant that I had found the majority of the species, and, in order to have a reason to continue walking all over the Island, decided to expand my interests and plumped on the Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies), which had not been studied. at all. In fact, only 11 species had been recorded for the entire Province of Surat Thani.
I only took up nature photography when I arrived on Samui, and unfortunately, my inexperience shows on some of the photographs, but I am improving slowly. I am currently using a Canon EOS 50D camera, with a Tamron AF 180mm 1:3.5 Macro lens.
About Koh Samui
The Island is to be found off the East coast of Peninsular Thailand at about 9°N, 100°E. It is approximately 21x25KM in size and is a major tourist destination. It is part of Surat Thani Province.
However, the tourist hotspots are mainly located in one area on the East coast of the Island, where the best beaches are (from Chaweng to Lamai). The rest of the Island, whilst being developed to a certain degree close to the shore, remains relatively quiet, and the inland hills remain undeveloped.
The weather is remarkably constant throughout the year, between 28° and 35°C. The hottest months are March and April. The rainy season is usually from late October to December, though storms can be expected at anytime throughout the year. Sea temperatures remain at a constant 28°C.
The Thais are a wonderfully welcoming people, and Thailand is correctly known as the Land of Smiles