Saturday, July 18, 2009

A Spot of Blue




Perched on a thistle bloom a tiny butterfly, no larger than a dime, brightened my morning photoshoot with my brother Willard.

Butterfly hunting is usually more productive from late morning on but we were attempting to capture butterflies and bees while the morning dew still wet the flowers.

As the sun rose I noticed that the bee and butterfly activity began picking up as the flowers dried. No large butterfly species were present this morning but a few small specimens and a number of skippers did present us with photo opportunities.

This image was captured with a 400mm lens with a 25mm extension tube. I find the extension tube to be indispensable for butterfly photography as it allow the lens to focus much closer than would be possible otherwise.

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12 comments:

Faye Pekas said...

I've never seen one this color. Wish we had more butterflies around here.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That's gorgeous.Now are you saying that I 'need' extension tubes?LOL
Blessings,Ruth

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Wonderful capture! I was curious about the absence of monarchs around here this summer. After doing a little research, I learned that the weather in Texas and Oklahoma had much to do with the reduced migration. Apparently, they had a cooler temps and more rain than normal and monarchs don't fly in those conditions. Maybe we'll have more next summer.

Montanagirl said...

Terrific photo. Just love it.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

salty: Beautiful capture of the beauty.

Craig Glenn said...

Nice Coy!

Craig

Ken Conger Photography said...

Nice colors and capture. Blue Skies.

Brooke said...

Great shot! Really great timing.

Abe Lincoln said...

I really like the color of this butterfly and the thistle it is on. Nice photography.

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Julie said...

What a beautiful shots. so delicate.

Gretchen said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Sam said...

Wow!!!! What a fabulous and stunning capture! I love this shot very very much.

sam

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