Monumental Road Trip

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UploadedSeptember 25, 2011
TakenSeptember 24, 2011
Exposure1/640 sec at f/10
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I took a drive to the Leslie Street Spit located near the Toronto harbour to marvel at the Monarchs gathering for their trip across Lake Ontario on their way to Mexico. There were thousands of them fluttering here and there and fattening themselves on nectar. I managed to get a few shots of bunches of them on various types of flowers thinking I would post a "volume" shot for this theme. As I was running through the pics, I focussed on this one because it symbolizes for me anyway, the absolutely solo nature of this astounding voyage. The thought of this single butterfly setting off across the vast expanse of water in the background is more than breathtaking. We really have no conception of what a road trip is....

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  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (24 Sep 2011):

    An outstanding capture, my friend!! The detail is spot on! I've seen butterflies migrating, and it truly is a sight to behold. I'm so glad you chose this singular makes a spectacular shot!!

  • Jan Sluimer

    Jan Sluimer (Deleted) gave props (25 Sep 2011):

    wonderful colors and compo

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (28 Sep 2011):

    This beautiful image makes one appreciate the vast expanse of water they must cross. The detail and colour of the monarch stand out perfectly against the flowers. A truly beautiful entry for the theme!!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (29 Sep 2011):

    WOW! That would be an amazing trip to take. Awesome capture!! I love your pov.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (2 Oct 2011):

    So true, what you wrote about this "brilliant" capture , reminds me a bit of life, we are together , but we are alone on the journey ! Excellent Stuart,

  • Antje Woolum

    Antje Woolum (Deleted) gave props (3 Oct 2011):

    Very cool image! Really like this one...

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (5 Oct 2011):

    Such a beautiful and meaningful take on this theme, Stuart.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (15 Oct 2011):

    Magnificent photo and a great narrative on the 'road trip' that the butterflies make. I have gotten to see them on their migrations a few times and it is awesome!!! I hope they come this way again : )

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (18 Oct 2011):

    Rockin' JPG's Road Trip (most excellently)!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (19 Oct 2011):

    beautiful detailed butterfly and a neat background. a great find on the trip!

  • Lynn Hathaway

    Lynn Hathaway gave props (5 Nov 2011):


  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (10 Nov 2011):

    Fantastic capture, Stuart! The story is marvelous! They really are stronger than they seem.

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (19 Nov 2011):

    Absolutely beautiful! Wonderful composition, colors, light, DOF, and narrative. Exceptionally well done...

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