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My early-morning iPhone 5 pic of a lit bridge looks like one of my fave insects.

My early-morning iPhone 5 pic of a lit bridge looks like one of my fave insects.

Butterfly!

Double the Butterfly Fun

Purple looks good with black.

As I was strolling home from last Sunday’s photo walk, my eye was drawn to the pretty purple of my community’s society garlic plants. Stopping to admire them, I put my heavy photo backpack down on a nearby brick wall. But all too soon, I was reaching inside it to grab my camera equipment.

What a colorful sight!

Flitting about and fighting a stiff breeze was a beautiful, black swallowtail butterfly! What a contrast it was to those mostly white birds I had been shooting earlier.

Could this be Monique again?

Before long, a bit of fluttering orange made me turn my head. A monarch butterfly was attracted to some buds on a nearby tree. How lucky to have two flying posers so close to me!

Gotta spread those wings

Birds and butterflies made for a bountiful photoshoot. I’m just glad another “b” word didn’t come buzzing along to spoil my fun!

Welcome Home, Monique!

Come on down!

Back on August 7, a couple chrysalises on our house erupted. One monarch butterfly already had flown the coop by the time I noticed, but another, who I dubbed Monique, hung around for awhile.

Attractive colors!

Yesterday I looked out my front door and saw some fluttering around our butterfly plant. It was a monarch! I grabbed my Nikon D700, attached the Nikon 70-200mm lens, and stood in the doorway snapping pix.

Hello, gorgeous!

Could it be that Monique had returned for a visit? Perhaps she had gotten homesick during her travels.

Whatever the reason, I hope we get to see her more often. She’s welcome to belly up to the Butterfly Buffet any time!

A Birth Announcement

Welcome to the world!

The Mister, the boys, and I are pleased to announce a new addition to our home (well, it was literally transformed on our house): Our monarch butterfly!

I’ve named her Monique (I think it’s female).

When I left the house this morning for my run, I first checked out the chrysalis closest to our front door.

Gone but not forgotten

Sadly, it was empty. Our first monarch butterfly apparently had literally flown the coop.

Monique enjoys her brief coming-out party.

Then I stepped off the front porch and looked up at the second chrysalis. There was our new bundle of joy hanging near the burst sac.

Of course, I immediately ran back into the house to take photos before continuing with my jogging. I wasn’t sure how long Monique would stay. I had read that after several hours, new butterflies continue on their life’s journey.

But when I returned, Monique was still there. I showed her to her brothers, who were less than impressed (boys!).

Farewell!

After awhile, I walked back outside and saw just the empty chrysalis attached to the house.

Monique, we hardly knew ye!

The Natural Side of Disc Golf

A disc communes with cacti.

Because I’m a photographer, disc golf is more than just a sport to me.

Beautiful purple flowers make their presence known.

Although I love documenting my younger son playing, I’m thankful there usually are distractions that make me glad I’m using my Nikon 105mm macro lens.

I don’t want to know what these cicadas were doing before exiting their shells.

When the guys played at the Roy G. Guerrero disc golf course recently in Austin, the 105 got a workout shooting drives and putts as well as plenty of nature. The course features lots of trees, a bunch of exoskeletons hanging off leaves, and a few wildflowers.

Several butterflies try to blend in with a tree.

We saw lots of non-colorful butterflies.

I see you!

Most were on the trees.

Large and in charge among the wood chips

While some rested on the ground trying not to get hit by flying discs.

A green bee on a thistle

Among those few wildflowers were beautiful thistles. This one attracted a green bee (I had never seen one before).

A skipper on a thistle

Skippers also liked the purple hues.

Skippers and thistles go together.

I came away from the course with an appreciation for all it had to offer . . . in terms of disc golf and nature!

Insect Photo Preferences

A butterfly enjoys the horsemint.

Butterflies warm my heart when I’m shooting wildflowers. I love seeing them.

A bee is on the go.

As for bees?

Zeroing in on a blossom.

They definitely speed up my heart rate!

Blurry Butterflies

Is the butterfly too fast or is my shutter speed too slow?

I’m hoping it’s just a coincidence that for two straight Thursdays I’m featuring photos that have just enough blur to be interesting.

Slow down, you move too fast!

When I looked at my photos from last Saturday’s Cullinan Park trek, at first I was disappointed that so many of my butterfly pix were out of focus. Those suckers flit about so fast that it’s hard to crisply capture them unless they take pity on me and pose. Which is rare.

Just land so I can snap a crisp pic!

But then I saw these three photos and decided one thing: Blur can be beautiful!

I still don’t want to make a habit of it, though.

Snapping Away at Cullinan Park

Dewberries look tasty.

My friend Jess has encouraged me to shoot at Cullinan Park here in Sugar Land for as long as I can remember.

This was one of the few wildflowers I spotted.

So last Saturday morning, I decided to finally check it out . . . with Jess as my guide.

A large, white flower absorbs the sunshine.

The two of us had a great time walking the trails, chatting away and listening to the birds chirping. I discovered that Cullinan Park is a local, natural treasure.

A heron takes off across Oyster Creek.

As I prepared to leave for the park, I had one main thought: What camera equipment will help me best document this adventure? How will I be able to shoot both near (macro) and far (telephoto)?

Sidebar: My second thought? Don’t forget the bug spray!

A butterfly enjoys the local cuisine.

I opted for a two-camera approach. On my Nikon D700 was my trusty Nikon 105mm macro lens for closeups. Attached to my monopodded Nikon D300 was my Nikon 70-200mm lens for long-range photo ops. I used both and was glad I had brought everything along.

A large dragonfly just hangs around.

Although the park isn’t very big, it’s filled with interesting sights and sounds. I was hoping to see some dragonflies, and I wasn’t disappointed.

A green dragonfly tries to blend in with his surroundings.

We spotted a few of the flyers in the woods among the butterflies.

A blue dragonfly rests on the lake’s plant life.

But we scored big at the park’s lake. D-flies were buzzing about, enjoying the water and plants.

A green dragonfly is happy to pose.

Although I was sad that there were no alligators to shoot, just watching the dragonflies flit about made me smile.

Is this curious caterpillar hungry?

After our adventure, Jess and I sat on benches, resting and talking. This little critter shared where I was sitting, so, of course, I snapped some pix with my macro lens.

I wonder what he’ll be the next time I stop by Cullinan Park. Which I’m sure will be sooner than later.

 

Nature’s Freeloaders

A monarch looks for the perfect horsemint to land on.

During my latest photowalk last Sunday, I made a discovery:

A bee poses.

It’s not just bees and butterflies that like wildflowers as much as I do.

Can you “spot” the bugs (one is hiding)?

Bugs enjoy the flower-power scene, too.

Are you bugging me?

It’s a treat when I lean in close with my Nikon 105mm macro lens to see something looking back at me, especially if it doesn’t have a stinger attached.

Wonder what these guys are.

I guess they’re just nature lovers, too!

One-Word Letter Wednesday

A bee enjoys a mealy blue sage on Texas State’s campus.

B!

The wildflowers also attract a butterfly.