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July 1, 2010

Butterflies are Free to Fly

Filed under: Uncategorized — Karma @ 6:42 pm
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While spending a sunny morning puttering around my yard recently, I was happily suprised by a visitor to my butterfly bushes.  I have two quite large bushes on one side of my deck starting to bedeck themselves in lovely pink and purple blossoms.   I’m hoping to feature a nice wide shot of the butterfly bushes when they are both in full bloom, which should be any day now.  In the meantime, after a couple days of photo frustration, I was rewarded with this beauty:
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That’s the first shot I took.  I realize its underexposed, but with all the disappointment I’d had recently in getting any  interesting pictures, I wanted to be quick to get something.  Despite the underexposing, I kind of like the play of shadows in this one.

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I kept clicking and clicking away, just trying to get as many shots as I could before the subject flew away.  I don’t remember how many I ended up taking.  This one has a good view of the top of the wings and the tongue unfurling to taste those little blossoms.

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Here’s a side view with a good look at the underside of the wing.  When I first saw orange and black flittering by, my first thought was, “Ooh, monarch!” but as I got close enough to take these pictures, I realized that was not the case.  I’m sure one of you faithful readers will be able to help me in the identification of my subject.  Tracy?  Gerry?

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Here’s our friend’s face.  Kinda has a big shnozz for a delicate little creature, doesn’t it?

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So what do you think everyone?  What kind is it?  And I hope you enjoyed my happiness with getting some photos of a subject that did not evade my efforts!