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July 22, 2014


Filed under: 66 Days of Summer — Karma @ 10:04 am
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I titled this post “Delight” because that is what I immediately felt yesterday (day 32 of summer) when I saw this butterfly on my zinnias.
pipevine swallowtail 4

I haven’t seen as many butterflies as I normally would have by this time in the summer, I think because my butterfly bushes suffered terribly this past winter. One of them is completely dead (sadness!!) and the other is alive, but not yet blooming. So when I saw this butterfly enjoying the zinnias, I snapped away.
pipevine swallowtail 2

I think this photo is the first shot I’ve ever gotten with both of a butterfly’s eyeballs visible at the same time:
pipevine swallowtail face

I played again with Lightroom on these shots, although they really didn’t need too much work with the bright sunshine I was shooting in.
pipevine swallowtail 1

Want to see something kind of neat? Go see what Robin was taking pictures of yesterday too! How cool is that!


  1. I don’t know that I’ve ever done the “eyeball to eyeball” stare with a butterfly – how neat!

    Comment by Carol — July 22, 2014 @ 10:09 am | Reply

    • Thanks Carol, I thought it was pretty cool too when I saw that shot. Didn’t realize I had it until I saw it on the computer.

      Comment by Karma — July 22, 2014 @ 7:52 pm | Reply

  2. Wow amazing pictures Karen. He kind of looks like he is doing a dance around that flower. Just beautiful!

    Comment by trish49 — July 22, 2014 @ 11:47 am | Reply

  3. These are amazing, Karma! Quite stunning. Like Carol, I don’t think I’ve ever looked into the eyes of a butterfly, and think that’s pretty cool. Thank you so much for the link love, too. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — July 22, 2014 @ 2:29 pm | Reply

  4. I dutifully visited Robin’s blog as you suggested. Wow. Lovey images there AND HERE. Where have all the Butterflies gone ? It saddens me to recall how we casually and uncaringly caught them and pinned them down for our Butterfly collections. What a stupid waste … and how did THAT teach me to love nature. Wish I could go back and UNpin them and set them free.

    Comment by sybil — July 24, 2014 @ 6:55 pm | Reply

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