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More Butterflies

Just continuing on with my backyard theme, here are few more Butterflies I have been able to photograph in my butterfly garden this year. Still no Monarchs but the ones I have been shooting have been really beautiful and a blast to work with.

These are three different species, each one is beautiful in its own right and each can be really tough to photograph. It seems the smaller the species the faster and more complicated it becomes lol !!

And so far it’s been a great year but I am still not finding any of my favorite Butterflies and that’s The Monarch, reports are that the population is down about 60% and I think I believe hat number, they have all but been invisible to me this year.  Hopefully I will still be able to photograph a few before the season ends here in Madison Indiana and they continue on their migration south into Mexico.

Hope you enjoy my images and thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my blog !!

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                          sulphor 1 2012Cabbage Sulphur

 

 

 

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Pearl Crescent

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Eastern Tailed Blue

Butterflies from the BackYard

Ok… so now I am moving on from the flowers in my back yard to the reason I planted all these blooming plants, and that’s so I could hopefully do a better job in photographing butterflies this year.

Never had much luck with butterfly photography but with the cool wet summer here in Madison Indiana, which led to a profusion of blooming plants, I was able to really get out and try my hand with this very challenging aspect of macro photography.

Thankfully I have come across two really great places to photograph these little flying flowers. One is this great field not far from my home that has been planted with an incredible bounty of wildflowers by the State Highway Department and the other is even closer my backyard !! I will post pics of the wildflower field in later posts and thought I would just post pics of the butterflies in my yard for now.

The thing which has really brought the butterflies into my yard this year has been the great bloom my Butterfly Bushes have undergone.  I have never seen them bloom like this before and they have attracted everything to them Hummingbirds,Bees,Moths and many other nectar loving insects have used these bushes as a food trough  along with other insects looking for that free dinner that gets too close to its webs or claws!!

Here are a few shots of the butterfly that I have photographed the most lately and that’s the Tiger Swallowtail, it’s seems like these gentle giants have had a very good season in terms of survival and numbers and they have become my number subject so far.

I hope you enjoy the images and if you happen to be near a butterfly bush don’t be surprised if you don’t come across a few of these wonderful creatures. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!

 

 

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butter 1 2013

BackYard Flowers…Daisy

Here is a look at another variety of flowers that I grew in my backyard this year with the intention of using for photography, and this time it’s the Daisy, a very common yet beautiful perennial that is easy to grow and just as easy to photograph.

I am definitely not the best of gardeners and have killed my share of blooming plants in my garden, but this is one that not even I can destroy, I think these little beauties will be here long after the apocalypses along with the cockroaches !!

These lovely perennials have a structure very close to that of the coneflower but of a different color, and because of that color difference I used coneflowers and bee-balm as a background color for the daisies. With the white petals of the daisy set against the vivid colors of the perennials I was able to come up with a very cool color contrast. I planted these just for that reason and for once things turned out like I planned, that usually doesn’t happen very often lol !!

So I hope you enjoy me images and click on the image for best viewing ,thanks for stopping by !!

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daisy 1 2013

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Backyard Flowers…Coneflower

Here are some images from my backyard flowers series and today’s subject is Coneflowers. These beautiful flowers have always been one my favorites to photograph they have a great photographic quality to them that lends to many hours of photography.

I really like the structure of the flower , from the erect posture of the flower itself to the long flowing petals in the bloom as well as the seed head that forms later. There are so many different ways to photograph this plant and they seem to last longer than any of my other flowering plants in my garden.

And then there is that incredibly vivid color that every plant has, truly one of the coolest blooms on any of all the cultivated flowers.

So if your looking for something to plant in your garden for looks and photographic quality you can’t go wrong with the coneflower. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look and as always click on the images for best viewing !!

 

 

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BackYard Flowers…Forget-Me-Knot

I spend hour after hour and travel many miles to bring you my photographs of the array of wonderful wildflowers that I capture, but now I think I will just sit back and share the easy ones, the ones from my yard.

I am not the worlds best gardener and I don’t have the time to treat them like I should but I do have a pretty good assortment of flowers that I am growing in my yard just for the days when I can just slide out the back yard and knock of a couple of images and slide right back into the comfort of my own home for a change !!

I try to stick to perennials like coneflower, black-eyed Susan and bee-balm. But this year I also went with a cool little annual I found at the nursery and I love the profusion of blooms these little jewels produce. Forget-Me-Knots seem to be an easy flower to care for and they produce vivid blue colors in their bloom that make for incredible images.

So if you are looking for a great flower for your garden and or as a photography subject  you might try this great little plant I think you will be glad you did. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!

 

 

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Monarch in Butterfly Bush

Sitting here watching the weather advisories and warnings going up for our area so I thought it might be a good time to post another warm fuzzy summertime image.  I shot this beautiful little Monarch butterfly in my backyard last year as it set and fed on one of the butterfly bushes I planted  for that very reason.  Its nice when you plan on something happening and it actually works, the only problem is you still have to get the photograph right !!

Once again chasing butterflies has made me feel like Captain Ahab and his quest for the Great White Whale, except a little smaller and drier.  I guess getting one good shot for every 30-40 is not a bad ratio, I might not have gotten any.

But hey I did manage to capture a few and at least I have something to share with you now on this cold winter day. I hope you enjoy the image and thanks for stopping by !!

 

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Butterflies

Since I woke up to a dreary cold mid-winter Madison Indiana landscape I thought a nice warm spring pic would brighten up your day…at least it might mine !!

I shot this one early last May om beautiful day warm spring day somewhere in the eastern part of Jefferson County Indiana, I believe it was at Splinter Ridge Wildlife Area. The butterflies were on the move that day and no matter how hard I worked to get the right shot they were so spooky even the stateliest approach sent them scurrying for new flowers to feed on. It was the same pattern time after time, spot butterfly make my approach watch butterfly fly off.

After the continued futile effort of this method of photography I finally decided to just find a nice spot, open my diet coke and sit back and hope for the best at a predestined spot.  And to my complete surprise after just a few minutes these two beautiful  Great Spangled Fritillaries  landed directly in front of me and began to feed. Even though I was never able to get them with both faces in the frame the shot did come out quite well.

So I guess the moral of the story could be “good things come to those who wait” or  ” sit on butt open diet coke get lucky go home” I think in this instance more of the latter lol !!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.

 

                                                                                                                                                         butterflies 1 2012