Tuesday, September 13, 2011

macro butterfly luck

I finally had my macro lens with me and on my camera at the right time. I was taking photos of a tiny portulaca in my mother in law's garden...

...when two butterflies came to visit. They stayed a while and they were very cooperative.

kim klassen's broken book texture at soft light 100% (masked off flower and butterfly)
At first I thought they were monarchs, but after doing a little research I discovered their name to be gulf fritillary or agraulis vanillae. Apparently there are a lot of orange butterflies that get mistaken for monarchs.

The underside of their wings looks quite different from the upper side.
But they are beautiful from every angle.

Oh, and the reason I was doing the research in the first place was to find out what the butterflies were doing so intently with the flowers. Turns out they don't do any pollinating. They leave that totally up to the bees. The nectar from the flowers is their food, so they were just eating their lunch (and looking pretty).


Linking up with texture tuesday where the theme is the verb 'do' and also at sweet shot tuesday.


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59 comments:

  1. stunning butterfly photos - such beautiful colours

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  2. Wonderful Macro shots from the butterfly and his flower-love. Great work !

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  3. What a little poser this butterfly was! Wonderful shot, his colors go so well with the flowers. and that edit with bokeh theme is dreamy. Lovely Deb!

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  4. wow! these are some of the best shots I've seen lately. wonderful job Deb!

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  5. These photos could easily be submitted by 'National Geographic' - truly, they're so lovely. That last one - you simply must get that enlarged and framed. I really get so much from seeing inspiring shots like these. Thanks.

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  6. So beautiful Deb - you´ve got talent! :-)

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  7. Stunning images. The details, the compositions and the bokeh, I love them all.

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  8. These are fabulous,Deb-absolutely amazing!

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  9. Wow Deb, these are wonderful shots. You have captured these butterflies beautifully.Super shots!!!

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  10. Stunning, and inspiring. I'd love to see these shots blown up as posters, they are so beautiful. Happy Tuesday, Nics

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  11. These were so great to look at early on a Tuesday morning! And you are so making me want a macro lens!! Gorgeous!!

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  12. Ciao Deb. Gorgeous butterfly photos, love the colors of the wings. :)
    Thanks for sharing all this gorgeousness!

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  13. Fabulous shots. The 3rd is my favorite. You can really see the butterfly's face.

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  14. Oh! how fortunate for you that they came along! these are such gorgeous, crisp, clear shots with amazing detail! congrats!

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  15. They are most welcome to come have lunch and look pretty anytime - they do it so well.
    Your photos are just gorgeous! Beautiful flowers and butterflies. Some days things seem to come together well for great photos, this was obviously one of those days.

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  16. celebutterties... just eating lunch and having to put up with the paparazzi!

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  17. Wow! Those are some amazing photos!! So glad you were there at the right time.

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  18. oh wow, did you ever get lucky! Right place, right time...right equipment! Great shots! Love the one for texture tuesday!

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  19. Talk about perfect timing! Out of the park Deb!!

    Love the colors. Just amazing!!

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  20. What wonderful luck! These are beautiful shots! Did you know that there is a Macro Monday linkup out there? These would work perfectly for that.

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  21. Oh I am SO jealous! What beautiful shots; and wonderfully edited too. Dang, you make me want to be a better photographer.

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  22. Lucky you that you had your macro, lucky us that you are sharing your images. Terrific series!!

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  23. These are BEAUTIFUL Deb & the detail is amazing. You are certainly rockin' that macro lens.

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  24. That was incredible luck - love these shots!

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  25. Oh, these photos have a perfect dof and such an incredible softness to them. Beautiful!

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  26. Fantastic shots!! What a colorful butterfly and the background is gorgeous too. Love the softness, everything!

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  27. This is such a delightful post. Beautiful images!

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  28. beautiful, deb! great captures!... now i'm going to tool around and see what equipment you use! :))

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  29. Spectacular. The lovely butterfly must have been posing just for you. V

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  30. Beautiful, you put my butterfly photos to shame. I need to get a macro lens! I was actually wondering what the butterflies were doing the other day when it looked like they were dancing on the flowers thanks for answering that for me!

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  31. These are stunning! You know, this reminds me of a quote from Ansel Adams: "Sometimes I arrive just when God's ready to have someone click the shutter." Love these shots...

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  32. oh my! Gorgeous shots!! Great macro pics!! Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ;)

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  33. Oh my, what absolute gorgeous photos -- it is definitely lucky to be there, camera ready, when the butterflies show up, but the artistry is all yours!

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  34. Amazing shots. Don't you just love it when God works things out like that?

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  35. Swoon! Each and every shot is lovely, just lovely!

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  36. Don't you just love it when you have the right stuff at the right time.

    AND don't you love it when you look that pretty eating lunch. :)

    Great post ~ Thanks for the cool info.

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  37. I love the gulf fritilary because they usually are so cooperative, unlike the monarch. Because of our drought I have had hardly any butterflies in my garden, but maybe when my purple trailing lantana gets a wee bit bigger and gets more blooms, AND when it cools off a bit, then maybe just maybe I'll get some butterflies!

    Fantastic shots Deb!

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  38. these photos turned out lovely! what a treat it must have been to have it sit long enough to get all the different angles.

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  39. These are awesome Deb. Gorgeous job!

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  40. What amazing shots! I love when you have the perfect timing and tools for capturing a moment. The last photo is my favorite. The depth of field and color is beautiful!

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  41. Awesome...love the different angles!

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  42. In the right place at the right time! Good for you! Beautiful shots Deb.

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  43. BEAUTIFUL photos!! Love your blog button!! I added it to my blog :)

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  44. Amazing close up shots of the butterfly. Your texturizing really works on these photos.

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  45. What a moment you captured Deb. They are so colourful, their markings are so intricate aswell and the texture doesn't detract in anyway from the butterfly.


    Thinking of you and the boys today (((hugs)))

    Rosie xxx

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  46. wow! those macros are gorgeous!

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  47. Wow! You got so many incredible shots! Aren't macro lenses fun?

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  48. Isn't it nice when butterflies stick around for a photoshoot and actually seem to pose for you?! Great shots!

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  49. You have very beautiful pictures here

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  50. I took pictures of some yesterday. I haven't seen a Monarch this year either. I went out there to take pictures thinking it was a Monarch, to my surprise it wasn't!
    These are beautiful shots, and I love portulaca, they are so beautiful!

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