Mourning Cloak Butterfly on Plum Tree Blossoms

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© Andrea Petersen

Photo license: © All rights reserved

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted...St. Matthew 5: 4

I was delighted this afternoon to see butterflies fluttering on our flowering plum tree...Earlier I saw the Red Admiral and then later a few Mourning Cloak's arrived..

It was interesting to read when I did some research that a common name for this species, mourning cloak, refers to its resemblance to a traditional cloak worn when one was mourning the death of a loved one...

I dedicate this page to anyone who has lost a loved one...It was comforting
to me to see the butterflies come so early and before Easter weekend...I felt it
was a sign from my mother who passed away in October that she is happy and
at peace with the Lord..We had never seen butterflies on the plum tree before
this year..

Thank you Donald Garrett for the courtesy of the spotlight....

Thank you JanElle (Heather) for nominating this photo...

22 responses

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) gave props (5 Apr 2012):

    Awesome capture, such clarity & great color = a winner!

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant   gave props (6 Apr 2012):

    fabulous shot well spotted

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (6 Apr 2012):

    This is such a beautiful macro Andrea!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (6 Apr 2012):

    This beautiful specimen may have visited to remind you of your mother!! What a perfectly gorgeous shot!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins   gave props (6 Apr 2012):

    BEAUTIFUL!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (6 Apr 2012):

    Thank you all for your kind words and a special thanks to Donald for the spotlight...My husband and I both mentioned that we had never seen butterflies
    on the flowering plum tree before this and very unusual for this time of the year
    to even see butterflies where we live ...We are supposed to get frost on Tues.
    and I hope the forecast is wrong.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (6 Apr 2012):

    A brilliant capture, Andrea! Absolutely stunning!

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer   gave props (6 Apr 2012):

    Andrea, I came upon this quote the other day and this lovely image reminded me of it....."True strength is delicate" - Louise Nevelson

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (6 Apr 2012):

    Wow! Incredible macro, my friend.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (6 Apr 2012):

    it looks like he's purposely posing for you. wonderful catch!

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (6 Apr 2012):

    A stunning capture.. the tones and detail are incredible... I love it!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (6 Apr 2012):

    Thank you JanElle for the nomination...and everyone for your comments...

  • Lisa

    Lisa gave props (7 Apr 2012):

    Waw it's fabulous !

  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (7 Apr 2012):

    Beautiful! I like Sarah's quotation, too.

  • Nadeem Shafi

    Nadeem Shafi   gave props (7 Apr 2012):

    Amazing detail and bokeh, Andrea.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (7 Apr 2012):

    What a beautiful butterfly and excellent capture.

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (8 Apr 2012):

    WOW! This is absolutely beautiful! Wonderful composition, colors, light, and DOF. Outstanding work!

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (8 Apr 2012):

    Absolutely beautiful!

  • Iztok Urh

    Iztok Urh gave props (9 Apr 2012):

    Beautiful photo!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (9 Apr 2012):

    This is brilliant !

  • Hilda Cox

    Hilda Cox gave props (9 Apr 2012):

    sooooo lovely !!!!

  • Dorothy Burwell

    Dorothy Burwell gave props (11 Apr 2012):

    This is Awesome!

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