Two Butterflies and Asters

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© Andrea Petersen
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UploadedOctober 13, 2010
TakenOctober 13, 2010
MakeNikon Corporation
Exposure1/500 sec at f/5.6
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length190 mm
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The Lord is my light and my salvation: whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1


The Milbert's tortoiseshell,
Is a swift butterfly;
In team work they excel.
Today they labored faster
Competing with bees
To save the asters,
Ere' they die
From winter freeze..

Bees and butterflies
All give salvation
Thru' pollination,
Sharing life's length
Of the sweet flowers
To gain strength
For their own powers...

Poetry by me AJP

I spent a part of this afternoon after shooting these two butterflies, researching the identity of them. I previously wrongly believed they were of the Frittilary family. I looked through hundreds of butterflies today before I found the correct name~ "Milbert'sTortoiseshell." I felt like I had struck gold.

I did no photo shopping with enhancing this picture...It is exactly how it came from the camera. I was lucky to get a clear focus on both of the butterflies since
they were moving all over the place and it was windy besides. It really helped
to use my tripod to steady the camera.

Here is a link to learn more about this type of butterfly:

17 responses

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (13 Oct 2010):

    And what a marvelous result you got!! It is so difficult to get two objects in good focus and you nailed it.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (13 Oct 2010):


  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (13 Oct 2010):

    This is a beautiful shot Andrea!!! I agree with Donald, it is difficult to get two objects in good focus and you did an excellent job on it!!! Your link about the butterflies is very interesting.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (13 Oct 2010):

    I like all three parts of this: Verse, poetry, narrative and . . . the image is lovely.

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (14 Oct 2010):


  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (14 Oct 2010):


  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (14 Oct 2010):

    An incredible capture, Andrea!! Simply beautiful!!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (14 Oct 2010):


  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (15 Oct 2010):

    Nice composition and tones!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (16 Oct 2010):

    What an amazing capture!! The colors and composition are wonderful! Beautifully done.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (16 Oct 2010):

    Fabulous twins!! A very beautiful capture!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (17 Oct 2010):

    Beautiful shot my friend!! Some of them are very hard to identify since they are so similar in appearance.

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (17 Oct 2010):

    Nice color!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) gave props (19 Oct 2010):

    WOW! This is just beautiful. Very well done...

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (20 Oct 2010):

    this is so beautiful Andrea

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (24 Oct 2010):


  • Merike Mäll

    Merike Mäll gave props (13 Mar 2011):

    ilus vaadata

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