Sunday, March 22, 2009

First Butterfly of the Spring

This afternoon marked my first butterfly sighting of the season.


While visiting with Willard and Andy at Willard’s wildlife observation area a butterfly began flitting about. With wings folded it appeared much like a dead leaf and camouflaged quite well with the bare ground on which it repeatedly landed. Today is the warmest that it has been for some days. This morning was a balmy 27F warming to the upper 50’s by late afternoon.


A little later the butterfly attempted to gain Willard’s attention by landing on his 500mm lens with its wings open wide displaying its splendid colors.






16 comments:

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Love this!! I can't wait to see some butterflies outside again. It may be awhile yet.

Ranger said...

Good shot Coy. I havn't got a chance to look at mine yet. Hopefully get one on shortly

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

What a lovely butterfly!Definetly s good sign of spring.
Blessings,Ruth

Old Wom Tigley said...

Hi Salty
I have every intention this year of taking some pictures of our Butterfly's... I managed one shot last year... so 'Must Do Better'

Hope you and Willard had a good day out.

Tom
Wiggers World

Abe said...

What butterfly? I only saw the lens.

Louise said...

What terrific captures! I saw my first Western Tiger Swallowtail yesterday. I reaction was so strong my husband thought the children, playing outside, were injured. I saw one similar to this yesterday (but maybe not the same), but it had NO interest in being photographed!

Chris said...

Hi Coy,
I love the last shot which shows the difficulty of taking pictures of mother nature :-)

photowannabe said...

Love Abe's comment...I think he is lusting after that lens.
Great shots for the sure signs of spring.

Kahshe Cottager said...

Lovely to see a butterfly after such a long winter. I will have to wait some more before we see them here - there is still snow!

Montanagirl said...

Very cool! Love the butterfly on the lens shot.

imac said...

mighty fine piccy Salty, and Willard has a mighty fine lens too.

Leedra said...

It is so nice to see the butterflies coming back. The first photo he blends in so well. Pretty with his wings open.

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Shellmo said...

beautiful butterflies! A sure sign of spring!

Bird Girl said...

I've seen my first butterflies already - but no pictures to prove it ;-) #1 is a very lovely, crisp shot - but #2 is just so darn neat!

Ivar Ivrig said...

Ha ha, I guess it chose the 500 mm lens as a landing field because of the size :-) Cool shot.

fishing guy said...

Salty: I haven't seen any butterflies but did see some bees in our one warm spell.