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August 12, 2010

Of Kings and Queens

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Well, that’s what monarchs are, right, kings and queens?  I took some pictures of the “king” or “queen” of the butterflies the other day – I say this because I have no idea whether it was a girl or a boy (although I did witness what I assume was some butterfly hanky-panky going on, I assume there was actually one of each.  I don’t think you are interested in the picture of that!  Maybe you are?) Anyway…

I am just loving the butterfly bushes this summer for all the opportunities it has presented me.


This one was actually taken on the near-by rasberry bush.  I just love those polka-dotted bodies!


I’d never noticed those furry, fluffy backs before.  It reminded me of a phrase my daughters have been repeating ad infinitum since they saw “Despicable Me” this summer:


Thank you, your majesty, for having this little photo session with me!

Oh and one more shot of a very sweet monarch that I couldn’t help but share:

(Sarah, Halloween 2003, 6 years old)


  1. Image #2 is my favorite! Beautiful lighting! I didn’t realize they were so furry either. Hmmm. I’ll have to pay more attention!

    Adorable costume! Sarah looks mesmerized!

    Comment by milkayphoto — August 12, 2010 @ 6:11 pm | Reply

    • oops, did it again. forgot to hit reply button. The comment below was for you Tracy!

      Comment by karma — August 12, 2010 @ 10:35 pm | Reply

  2. I liked the light on that one too, and that image is SOOC. Thank you.
    Sarah was always good for giving us a funny face when she was little.

    Comment by Karma — August 12, 2010 @ 8:56 pm | Reply

  3. I flickr’d my favorite (last one before Sarah) but they are all very well exposed and focused.

    The only thing I think I would suggest is to open up the aperture another couple of stops for a faster shutter speed. Still, you got good out of focus background (ie, bokeh) due to the long focal length of the lens.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — August 13, 2010 @ 11:06 am | Reply

    • Thank you, Scott!
      This monarch didn’t give me much time to think, so I can’t take credit for any of the settings – I used “P”mode.

      Comment by Karma — August 13, 2010 @ 11:17 am | Reply

      • Ah, that explains the middle of the pack apertures. P-Mode by itself is conservative. It takes some time to remember, it only takes a turn of the command dial to alter the settings. A couple of turns on the dial and you would have gotten f/5.6 at 1/800s at the same ISO.

        BTW, that took me many mistakes to get it right consistently. Beautiful set and a lovely post with a nice ending. Sarah makes a lovely butterfly.

        Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — August 13, 2010 @ 3:42 pm

      • Thanks again, Scott. I will try to remember that command dial while I am in Maine! I’m bringing my manual and Understanding Exposure with me for review.

        Comment by Karma — August 13, 2010 @ 9:58 pm

  4. These are BEAUTIFUL! Except for the last one, that one’s adorable!
    You’re really getting the hang of this camera 🙂

    Comment by thedailyclick — August 13, 2010 @ 9:17 pm | Reply

    • Thanks so much Michaela! Sometimes I really miss the days of those little butterflies. The day they will fly away will come far too quickly.

      Comment by Karma — August 13, 2010 @ 10:01 pm | Reply

  5. Lovely butterflies! I just planted a butterfly bush with the hopes of attracting them next year.

    Comment by Becky Sue — August 18, 2010 @ 11:28 pm | Reply

    • If you give the bushes a few years, they can get quite tall! Good luck!

      Comment by Karma — August 21, 2010 @ 1:53 pm | Reply

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