Monarch Butterfly on a Bull Thistle

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© Andrea Petersen
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UploadedAugust 26, 2015
TakenAugust 26, 2015
Exposure1/200 sec at f/5.6
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length125.4 mm
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Open mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things...Psalms 119: 18

The butterflies who were scarce earlier in the season were plentiful in our woods today. We had a combination of wind and bright sunlight making it a little difficult to focus and I had to change my angle different times so that I could see the butterfly where the sun wasn't blotting it out through the viewfinder.. I saw a bee that was sleeping inside a thistle this afternoon as it was too windy for him to fly around....

Thank you Geoff Plant for your kind spotlight on 8/26/2015...It is very appreciated.

In the A Walk On The Wild Side photo essay.

12 responses

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (25 Aug 2015):

    a beautiful image!

  • jaume morera guixa

    jaume morera guixa gave props (26 Aug 2015):

    Preciosa !!!!

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (26 Aug 2015):


  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (26 Aug 2015):


  • Robert Larrazolo

    Robert Larrazolo gave props (26 Aug 2015):

    WOW! Just spot on perfect. Bellissimo!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (26 Aug 2015):

    My appreciation for your kind words and your mutual interest in the nature aspect of photography which for me brings so much pleasure...Thank you!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (26 Aug 2015):

    Exquisite indeed.. in every detail!!

  • Dominique Sz

    Dominique Sz gave props (27 Aug 2015):


  • May Lattanzio

    May Lattanzio gave props (27 Aug 2015):

    What a beautiful shot. The first migrants appeared two days ago. Today the county was mowing all the wildflowers on the roadside down. What is wrong with them?

  • Barbara Kurth

    Barbara Kurth said (28 Aug 2015):

    Stunning image.... You should frame this one ! It's gorgeous !

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (28 Aug 2015):

    Another WOW! the black is perfect and really makes the detail and color just pop, great eye!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (30 Aug 2015):

    So pretty, love the lavender of the thistle and the orange in the butterfly!!!

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