Took this photo of an eastern comma butterfly a few years ago in Southern Illinois. This week in reviewing the photos taken that day, I noticed the butterfly was on top of “something” that looked like a dead creature of sorts. Strange,
Exactly five months ago I was in the backyard “capturing” images of butterflies. Yesterday, I sat in disbelief watching pro-Trump rioters storm the U.S. Capitol Building on live television. In the end democracy survived despite the damage and four deaths. Joe Biden will be president on January 20 and Kamala Harris will be vice-president. And,Continue reading “Exactly five months ago…”
Oh, brave warrior Of delicate means Dodging unseen obstacles In a moment always to be A butterfly’s shadow Flying further from me.
In looking at photos I’ve taken over the past month of a low sun, I realized I missed the small drama of shadows. Take this shot of a painted lady on a cosmos…its shadow is caught on a few petals. It’s a small point but one I missed. Such is photography and the mind set.
I thought the butterfly season was over until I saw a skipper practically glued to a lantana bush. Ran to get a camera. Click…a butterfly in mid-November.
Yesterday morning on the chance that a monarch would return to our backyard, I set up a tripod and camera a few feet from the cosmos flowers. I wanted the sharpest photo possible. I checked the area frequently without seeing a monarch. Finally around 4 p.m. a painted lady arrived. Click. I could go toContinue reading “Waiting with a Tripod”
A monarch visited our tiny backyard butterfly garden yesterday morning. I took some shots through a window. When I went outside for a closer look, it flew away and wasn’t seen again. October 19, 2017 was the last time I saw a monarch in the backyard–that one was in the ivy. In 2010 and 2011,Continue reading “A Monarch At Last!”
This year the purple lantana in our backyard is thriving, attracting butterflies in large numbers during October. We also have white and yellow lantana, but those colors draw fewer butterflies than their purple counterpart. Honey bees, however, prefer the ivy which hangs over the lantana. Peace.
This photo of a painted lady butterfly looks posed like one of those studio shots with a wall-sized nature scene behind the subject. In this case the painted lady is on a flower by a window with curtains drawn. Next, please!