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July 22, 2012

Things with Wings

When Scott Thomas recently commented on my “Camping Critters” post about how my ruffled grouse appeared to be moving quickly, I was inspired about what to shoot for his assignment this month about motion photography.

The hummingbird moths have reappeared at the butterfly bushes and their tiny wings are always in rapid motion:
hummingbird moth

hummingbird moth

The monarch butterflies are always in frenetic motion around the yard and bushes.  I tried to capture a crazy escapade of a monarch around my yard, but the photos didn’t portray motion all that well to me.  Here it is when it finally came to rest on a bloom, but with wings still ready to go:


While I was watching the butterfly bushes yesterday, so full of frantic motion of moths and bees and butterflies, I heard that tell-tale call of a raptor up above.  It is a different view of motion:


Remember my “conducting duck” from the Camping Critters post? I realized that another shot that I took of him or her had another view of motion:

This is my submission to Scott’s motion assignment.  There is still time to get involved in this assignment if you would like – posts aren’t due until Wednesday, the 25th at midnight your time.


  1. Great photos.


    Comment by timkeen40 — July 22, 2012 @ 3:04 pm | Reply

  2. Wonderful examples of motion, wonderful photos. The duck, of course, is my winner.

    Comment by Carol — July 22, 2012 @ 5:31 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Carol – you are a big duck fan?

      Comment by Karma — July 23, 2012 @ 8:22 am | Reply

  3. My butterfly bush bloomed early on, perhaps it will bloom twice? Speaking of things with wings we saw a loon in New Hampshire last week.

    Comment by Becky Sue — July 23, 2012 @ 8:13 am | Reply

    • My butterfly bushes usually bloom fairly continuously throughout the summer, but they’ve also gotten quite large over the years so that may make a difference. Did you get any pictures of the loon? I’d love to see one.

      Comment by Karma — July 23, 2012 @ 8:24 am | Reply

  4. Hummingbird moths are amazing. I saw my first one about 4 years ago and it was so cool to watch … foreign to me, so I had to look it up.
    I wonder if they are new to my area or if I was just not observant enough prior to that?
    Love your duck picture.

    Comment by bearyweather — July 23, 2012 @ 9:15 am | Reply

    • You know, Bearyweather, I’ve wondered the exact same thing. I saw my first about 4 years ago as well – I know that because 2008 was the year I did a 365 photo project and I found one hovering in my phlox and wondered what the heck I was looking at!

      Comment by Karma — July 23, 2012 @ 9:25 am | Reply

  5. Yikes!! I forgot all about this assignment. (It’s been a busy month or two for me.) Great motion captures, Karma. That duck cracks me up. He certainly does look like an orchestra conductor. lol!

    Comment by Robin — July 23, 2012 @ 11:54 am | Reply

    • You could put up some more Color Run photos for the motion assignment – that would definitely count!
      That is a funny duck, isn’t it? Thanks Robin.

      Comment by Karma — July 24, 2012 @ 8:54 am | Reply

  6. Ha, I read your post too quickly at the beginning and missed the word “moths” and thought: “Those are the weirdest looking hummingbirds I have EVER seen!” (what a dork…) Karma, that conducting duck photo is fabulous. I mean wonderful! What a great shot.

    Comment by Kathy — July 23, 2012 @ 12:10 pm | Reply

    • Kathy, that is about what I thought to myself the first time I ever saw a hummingbird moth about 4 years ago (see my comment to Bearyweather if you are wondering how I know it was 4 years ago, lol). Glad you like the duck!
      Thanks Kathy.

      Comment by Karma — July 24, 2012 @ 8:56 am | Reply

  7. Karma, great set of photos. I do love the hummingbird moths and this reminds me to plant a butterfly bush.

    Comment by Nye — July 24, 2012 @ 12:58 am | Reply

    • Thanks very much, Nye. If you do plant a butterfly bush, choose a spot with plenty of room. After a few years, these bushes grow to be very large. But they are always filled with butterflies, hummingbird moths, and sometimes the hummingbirds too!

      Comment by Karma — July 24, 2012 @ 8:57 am | Reply

  8. Those are some real nice shots there Karen.. I always wish we had more interesting and accessible wildlife like yours to photograph..

    Comment by FS Photography — July 24, 2012 @ 4:01 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Brian. You’ve certainly featured some interesting wildlife at your blog – real or created! 😉

      Comment by Karma — July 24, 2012 @ 7:34 pm | Reply

  9. […] found her own winged beauties in the form of insects, raptors and ducks. The hummingbird moth was very interesting and she did a good job of photographing them. Nature is […]

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  10. Great pictures. Definitely like the image of the duck.

    Comment by rocket2722 — August 1, 2012 @ 6:43 am | Reply

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