I keep my eyes peeled. Looking for beautiful fresh butterflies as well as good, unique looks. It’s constant scanning your periphery, searching for fliers, butterflies at rest, butterflies busy nectaring, coupled together, and always, fresh, beautiful butterflies. This blog is so much like a magnificent tiger in an enormous compound, for wingedbeauty’s visitors like it regular and as fresh as can be.
Mucking through Clay Pond Wildlife Management Area, in Falconer, New York (in very western New York State), I was keen on finding wetland butterflies, and especially satyrs. We did well, finding them here and there, mostly kicking them up as we struggled through the high wetland grasses. Late June, 2017.
What I did not expect to find was this rich, brilliant reddish orange, amidst the 3 – 4 foot grass. Whoa! This is not a satyr, not a Wood Nymph! A Monarch moment! Danaus plexxipus, at rest in this luxuriant marsh, just broadcasting this most beautiful smash of color. Know that I did not make my usual Macro- approach, for I did not want to disturb her Majesty, the Monarch.
(I do shoot only film ( Fuji Velvia ) and this rich, real-time color in this image delights me, truth be told).