Wood Nymph Butterfly

Wood nymph butterfly photographed at Raccoon Creek State Park, PA

Years have passed since I happened onto Wood Nymph butterflies with sky -blue eyespots. Those were at Raystown Lake in central Pennsylvania. They were speedsters and hid as soon as approached = no images!

I’ve sought images of Wood Nymph butterflies that are fresh and show sky-blue eyespots.

Not so easy to secure. They prefer trails at forest edges, especially with high grass fields adjacent. The fresh ones are gone in an instant, the worn ones, well they’re no longer striking brown, yellow yellow or baby-blue.

So here we have all of the above.

We haven’t posted an image of this butterfly with its wings fully opened because……………………………………. Because they rarely bask in the morning sun and open their wings for nanoseconds at a time. I’ve been on the look-out for Wood Nymphs resting with wings open. Ten years later, I’m still…………………………………..


Variegated Fritillary Butterfly

Variegated fritillary butterfly photographed at Black Water National Wildlife Refuge, MD

It’s early afternoon at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland. As a rule I only photograph in the morning. I try to quit by 11 A.M., before the sun overhead denies my images of all of the creases and shadows that make an image memorable.

But there I was at Blackwater…and it was teeming with fresh butterflies of many different species. So there I was on October 6th…I had lots of water and so I violated my own working rules = don’t photograph after 11:30 A.M and stop when it gets hot. So I shot away!

Euptoieta claudia so reminds me of why I enjoy doing what I do. It is as beautiful as any fine jewelry produced by the finest jewelry designers. When I’m 12″ away and see what you’re seeing…it’s very uplifting. Yes it is.

And like magnificent jewelryyou see ityou admire itand then it’s gone.


American Snout Butterfly

American snout butterfly photographed at White Tank Moutain Regional Park, AZ

When you first see an American Snout butterfly you stare at that shnoz! After a moment that thought is forgotten and that’s it, you’ve seen your first American Snout.

This one is busy nectaring in its home habitat, the White Tank Mountains just west of Phoenix. They are found throughout much of the US, though.

A quick flyer, Libytheana bachmanii flee when you approach, but go only a short distance. That’s a boon to observing and photographing them.

Look closely and you’ll see the rich colors of their wings.


Monarch Butterfly

Monarch butterfly photographed at Raccoon Creek State Park, PA

One of my most prized images! She is feasting on teasel flowers and she is fine, so fine!

But…what’s happened to her right hindwing? Something, some animal has torn a sizable hole in it.

I’ve gone through challenges in my life and had begun bucking myself up for a family health crisis at the time. This photo came to stick in my mind as ‘Life is tough.’

Our monarch is so exquisite and yet is now no longer near perfect.

Ponder this. How long will it take for our Monarch to repair this wing tear?