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