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♥ Not farther than my backyard ♥

One of the fattest folders I have on my hard drive is filled with images right from my backyard. It proves you TRULY don’t have to travel more than a couple feet for a photo-op. As you may have noticed, I am slightly obsessed with photographic butterflies. Not just because each is like a snowflake with some of the most exquisite patterns even the most keen artists wouldn’t have come up with, but they are INCREDIBLY elusive!! I almost never get the shot I want because they are extremely fast! To get an idea: while in flight, I’d have to set my shutter speed at over 1/1000th of a second in a shady spot to stop the wing movement. This makes it beyond gratifying when I get a shot. It takes lots of sweat (in 95 degree weather) and patience. The Butterfly: The only bug I won’t throw a shoe at.

This is called a Gulf Fritillary and is indigenous to Florida. And he’s fast. The 2nd pic may be the blurriest photo I’d ever allow myself to post but it’s like the unicorn of photos! I promise to post high quality capture if I am ever afforded the chance with this quick little guy!

orange butterfly with white spots
orange butterfly with white spots and black spots
This is a Zebra Longwing Butterfly
butterfly with stripes, yellow stripe butterfly, zebra stripe
butterfly with stripes, yellow stripe butterfly, zebra stripe

 

 

This Great White Heron was trolling in my backyard for some bugs or fish in the rain. Thank you for the waterproof casing on my D800, Nikon!

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The curly tongue on the butterfly is called the proboscis. This is where he breathes and drinks via two tubes fused together when he’s reborn from his pupa. Neat stuff.
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Shoo fly, don’t bother me.

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