Monday, June 28, 2010

Butterfly blues

Yesterday, before Lorelei and Sarah came over, we took a little drive. We wanted to check out Big Raccoon Creek...it was up much to much to fish. So, we headed home--through the country of course. Along this one stretch of road, there were all these butterflies.
I don't know why, but they were not flighty at all...maybe these were blooms at just the right stage. Whatever the reason, they tried to stay put.
But it was so windy, they had a hard time. Which resulted in many missed shots for me. About the time I was read to squeeze off a shot off, the wind would blow the bloom/butterflies sometimes completely out of the picture. Sometimes, just enough till they were nothing but a blur. And part of the time, the wind was whipping their wings...they were doing like a flag rippling in the wind.

I did get two or three fairly good photos of them that I will be showing later on my other blog, but for right now I thought I would show these for now.

16 comments:

Susan said...

Awesome shots! Love catching butterflies on flowers. Thanks

don said...

Fine close in shots with excellent detail of these unusual (for me) buterflies. I like their dotted spots on the wings. Very nicely done despite the windy day.

Jacob said...

You did great! I've seen that phenomenon a couple of times...where butterflies seem oblivious...perhaps they're so enchanted with the nectar or whatever, they just don't care about photographers!

Jacob said...

Hi again! Re your comment on Florida Fotos - No, the gator was "stuffed." Was real once, though! But those waters do contain a lot of gators so one has to be careful.

TSannie said...

Just gorgeous butterfly photos.

EG Wow said...

There must be just the right amount of delicious nectar to make all these butterflies happy! Out milkweed isn't out like this yet. I hope the butterflies are just as enthusiastic here so I can get some great shots like these!

I've noticed many more butterflies this year than last...and that's a very good thing. I was worried last year.

Small City Scenes said...

Stunning shots, rose. How wonderful to see so many butterflies at one time. MB

Carletta said...

I noticed they love milkweed. I want to plant some in my yard. :)
I got one shot recently I haven't posted. They eat and flutter and it's hard to get a still shot. I can only imagine what it was like in the wind.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Fabulous pictures of the butterflies --and blooms.... Even if you couldn't fish or get any good bird pictures, you did get some great shots.
Hugs,
Betsy

Caron said...

It has been very windy here, too. The detail in these photos is really good. It's a shame you couldn't get more shots. The black and blue one is familiar to me, but I forget why. Like I used to know about it or its name or something. I'm too lazy to google it right now!

George said...

I think you got some wonderful pictures in spite of the wind. I tell Betsy that the wind starts blowing every time I try to get a picture with my macro lens. I've gotten many blurry pictures!

Mildred said...

I found you via Betsy's blog. It's nice to meet you. I love butterflies and enjoyed your photos today. Wishing you a nice week.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Rose: Your milkweed is so much further along. It is so hard to capture a flitting butterfly and you did great.

Gill - That British Woman said...

as me and EG WOW live very close to one another, I will concur that the Milkweed isn't in flower at my place either. Great photos,

Gill in Canada

Mary said...

Wow! What a bounty of butterflies! So many at one time. Maybe they are laying eggs on that milkweed.

Leedra said...

I have found when the blooms are good the butterflies don't care how close a person gets. They don't take flight. I take those times to get the most photos in hopes of that special one.

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