Extraordinary People: Extraordinary Experiences

Barbara Ann photographed by Jeff Zablow near Allenberg Bog, NY

Some years back, I was stymied. I so wanted to find and shoot new butterflies, and new botany. Stymied because the United States is big, very big. How can you find new butterflies, when almost no one was willing to show me where they can be found. Almost no one.

Why folks refused (a strong word, but true) to invite me to drive 2, 4, 6, 8 or more hours, and be shown the habitat where new butterflies can be seen . . . long baffled me. Why would folks decline to show me? Why would they refuse/remain silent when I was willing to drive so many hours to meet them on trails, at park, refuge offices, etc.? If you’ve got a guy who is in young shape (Thank Y-u), reveres and respects habitat and the plants that live there, is very savvy and no namely pampby (thanks to my coming up on the real streets of Brooklyn), hikes well and for hours, loves butterflies and Never, Never collects or wields a net, and on and on, why?

When I met Barbara Ann on Facebook, she was posting about her beloved orchid excursions. I like orchids, know not too much about them and knew that trips to orchid habitat also end up encountering many many butterflies. I asked to join such, and Barbara Ann agreed to allow me to tag along.

That led to several trips from Pittsburgh to western New York State and Ohio, and more recently from Georgia to New York State and Ohio. So much new, so much beautiful and so much to long remember.

I met Angela through Barbara Ann, she another extraordinary lover of orchids and wildflowers and ephemeral and more.

Here’s  Barabra Ann carefully searching for wildflowers and more at Allenberg Bog, home of sundew, pitchers plants, bog cranberries and Bog Copper Butterflies.

Locating much that we share here becomes easier, when you encounter extraordinary people. They open extraordinary experiences, of indescribable beauty and learning.

Jeff

We Steadily Grow Our International Audience Adding . . . Estonia

Coupled Copper Butterflies I photographed by Jeff Zablow at Neve Ativ, Israel

I Love finding that our friends who visit wingedbeauty.com live well beyond the USA. Often I consider asking you, who lives in the Philippines, South Africa, France, Mongolia, Sri Lanka and Finland, why have you visited. Why/what brings you back again and again?

Me? I’ve loved and followed butterflies since I was a kid deep in the streets of Brooklyn, New York. I’ve seen them endure land development, rotten city air and the arrival of millions of new people from around the world. I’ve compared their beauty, when they are hours out of the chrysalis, compared it to the ‘Magnificent Jewelry’ sold in New York’s finest auction houses and antique shops and in the world’s finest jewelry stores.

Butterflies that are fresh and starkly beautiful are more exquisite than the artisans in the world’s finest design workshops. Me? I attribute their unexcelled beauty to work of . . . G-d.

Recently I noticed that we have a frequent and much appreciated visitor from Estonia. Estonia? Who are you and what brings you back, to our great satisfaction?

Jeff

HolyLand Copper Butterfly (Golan)

Lycaena Thersamon Butterfly Nectaring photographed by Jeff Zablow at Neve Ativ, Israel

A friend has been posting her recent photos of Copper butterflies seen in her native Washington State, USA. Melanie Manko Weiss’ images of Mariposa Copper (Lycaena mariposa)? I count them among my favorites.

That got me to recalling Coppers that I’ve seen and loved. This HolyLand Copper, seen in the village of Neve Ativ, on the slope of great Mt. Hermon in Israel, is a photo favorite. When they are fresh, as this one is, Lycaena thersamon, again bring a smile and much admiration from me. I’d spent hours in that Neve Ativ meadow, and this Copper showed up, to my glee and excitement.

Jeff

Vegas Says You’ll Never Meet This One

Dorsal View of Bog Copper Butterfly, photographed by Jeff Zablow at Allenberg Bog in New York

Jeff sooo wanted to meet up with Bog Copper (Lycaena epixanthe) butterflies. Barbara Ann shared that there was a little known, almost never visited bog near her home, Allenberg Bog, in very western New York State. We agreed that Allenberg may have Bog Coppers, if we go during their very brief ‘flight.’

When to go? They only fly when their hostplant, cranberries, are going into flower.

The opportunity to finally meet this rare butterfly, found only in cranberry bogs in New York, New England, Michigan and Minnesota, was too sweet to pass up.

We followed a very overgrown trail, from where we parked on the side of the road, and after several wrong readings of almost non-existent trail markers, there was Allenberg Bog, replete with Pitcher Plants and Sundew Plants in bloom. The tiny bog cranberries were also in bloom, and there were the Bog Coppers, they something past the mid-point of their brief flight.

Here is a Bog Copper, perched on Cranberry leaf. She was adorable, and I had met, and shot Bog Coppers. Not need to mention how I almost sunk down toooo deep into that unfathomable bog’s depth.

You? Vegas passes on that Your chance of seeing one, at the rate you’re going is 726 to 1.

Jeff

 

Coppers In The Galilee (Really)

Lycaena Phlaeas butterfly, photographed by Jeff Zablow at Nahal Dishon National Park, Upper Galilee, Israel

We have many wingedbeauty Followers who love to see posts of butterflies in the HolyLand (Israel). I am happy to share some, for photographing in the pristine, almost unspoiled wilds of the Upper Galilee, Golan and the Golan’s Mt. Hermon, is thrilling, truth be told. To think that They walked these same ancient trails, and stopped to examine/admire the same butterflies, is very sobering, very profound.

So it was here, an encounter with this male Lycaena phlaeas timeus, a copper, met in Nahal Dishon National Park in the very Upper Galilee. He’s very vivid in color and marking, and he sports those classy blue spots, seen on the outer margin of his hindwing.

Photographing butterflies in the Galilee and the Upper Golan, wild, you don’t see anyone for hours. You’ve never done that yet, have you?

Not showing off, just stating the facts, M’am.

Jeff