The Eyes of Buckeyes

Buckeye (ventral) photographed by Jeff Zablow at the Butterflies and Blooms Habitat in Eatonton, GA

Veterans of years of sidling up to resting Buckeye butterflies, will agree that this is a thankless task. Buckeyes are super wary, and dislike your approach. You carefully, robotically move toward one, and before you move within 8 feet of them . . . Zoom! away they go. My Macro- Canon lens needs to be no more than 24″ from our Buckeye, and by the time I have lens to Buckeye . . . my Buckeye is no more!

That and I sincerely i wanted a good image of the ventral (lower) surface of the Buckeye’s wings. Most field guides share a good ventral look, but they use digital cameras to capture them, and my film camera can do much better real-time color. Add to that another challenge for field guides, in the production of the guides, most images suffer a bit, and do not achieve what the original did.

Score another check-mark for the Butterflies & Blooms in the Briar Patch Habitat (Eatonton, Georgia). This Junonia coenia was at rest and hiding along the Briar Patch trail. She tolerated my super slow approach, and I shot away. Hoping, hoping to score a UGA touchdown ( AKA an image that puts points on the board ).

Me? I like this one, much. Those ventral eyespots sport baby-blue, the color is rich, the wing surface fascinates, the eye will do, antenna passes, legs OK, palps too, and wing margins deserve a look.

What think you of this swell butterfly, found from Maine to Florida?


3 thoughts on “The Eyes of Buckeyes

  1. one of the many delights of your writing is describing the goal. the search. the moment of discovery. the ticking off the mental list

    some folks think butterfly/wildlife photography is just a random free for all and don’t realize the efforts expended for that moment of capture. the subject may be an osprey (hike to the lake) or “common” for meadow with larval host plants..there is a method to our madness and you bring it! thank you for your leadership and joy, you inspire many!

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    • Thank you judgeva. We both relish the coming years, for each of them brings more and more new butterfly enthusiasts, who enjoy the full experience of seeking, finding, observing, nurturing and photographing butterflies . . . especially in that magic Briar Patch Habitat you cultivate and expand.


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