I found these images of a butterfly that I took a few years ago but had forgotten. I see plenty of butterflies each summer, but most of the time they are on the wing, not willing to stop and pose for me.
I spotted this dark beauty late one afternoon when I was setting up to photograph some flowers. He (she?) was in the corner of the yard where the lighting was poor and the background was dark. I thought to make the best of it. There is an air of mystery in this shot, but I wanted more. Suddenly, the butterfly zoomed away. At first I was disappointed — until I saw where he landed.
Right smack in the middle of a group of bright orange flowers and all the contrast I needed. I grabbed my tripod with camera still attached and hurried over before he took off again. My luck held and I was able to grab a half dozen shots.
These images are the best of the lot. I enjoy photographing the small critters. That is when I can find them and they stay put long enough.
I had a great series of photos of a praying mantis a few years ago. I sent them directly to a Kodak lab to be sure and they lost my slides. When I called them, they blamed the post office. Yeah right!
I found a few shots of bees in my archives the other day. They are on color negative film. I’m hoping to get good scans. Must keep the warm colors and the memories of spring alive as we trudge through another winter.
Be sure to visit Lisa’s Chaos for more Macro Monday photos. Thank you Lisa. Thank you for giving us this opportunity to share.