Giant Swallowtail O'er Marigolds...For Richard Knight on his birthday

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© Andrea Petersen
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Photo Info
UploadedSeptember 17, 2012
TakenSeptember 16, 2012
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D7000
Exposure1/250 sec at f/10
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length105 mm

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The last shall be first and the first last for many be called, but few chosen....St Matthew 20: 16

A giant Swallowtail today
Picked a flower in decay
Knowing that one needed care
For it had seen a bit of wear....

Tho' it stood above the rest,
Of Marigolds who were stronger,
The chosen flower was blest
To live the good life longer..

Poetry by me, AJP

Happy birthday, Richard....We haven't seen an over abundance of butterflies this summer and was delighted to see a giant swallowtail appear this afternoon!

All I had on my camera at the time was an 18-105 mm lens, but it worked fine for this picture showing the "Torch Tithonia" flower in focus standing above the rest..

16 responses

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (16 Sep 2012):

    Andrea, this is a Masterpiece ! Wonderful tribute

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (16 Sep 2012):

    Lovely indeed!! A great tribute to our friend!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (16 Sep 2012):

    Thank you very much, Andrea. You put so much into your art, and this is but a small sample of your artistry. I am deeply appreciative.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (16 Sep 2012):

    Splendid capture of this gorgeous butterfly, the colours are awesome!! A wonderful tribute.. and wishing Richard a very Happy Birthday!!

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (17 Sep 2012):


  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (17 Sep 2012):


  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (17 Sep 2012):

    Sheer perfection, Andrea! A beautiful shot, a beautiful poem, a beautiful dedication!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (17 Sep 2012):

    Beautiful capture, perfect focus and DOF, a wonderful poem, this wonderful birthday wish to our friend!

  • Shannon Burch

    Shannon Burch gave props (17 Sep 2012):

    Perfect in so many ways !

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (18 Sep 2012):

    Thank you all for your kind words...I realized later that the taller flower standing over the
    Marigolds was a Torch Tithonia, but the same color as the Marigolds so changed my poetry
    to simply say a flower in decay...I thought it was most unusual, nevertheless how this butterfly picked the tallest flower over the others below and it gave me a great vantage point when shooting this picture...

  • Zapata Juan P

    Zapata Juan P   gave props (18 Sep 2012):

    Amazing ... great tribute

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (18 Sep 2012):

    Wonderful capture of this beautiful butterfly and the background is AWESOME! A super gift for Richard.

  • Pedro Teixeira

    Pedro Teixeira gave props (19 Sep 2012):

    Special ...Very speccial photo!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (19 Sep 2012):

    oh yeah!

  • Wendie Fischer

    Wendie Fischer gave props (3 Oct 2012):


  • Christy Popkes

    Christy Popkes said (11 Oct 2012):

    Such a great shot !!

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