A White Peacock Butterfly in Texas!

Peacock butterfly photographed by Jeff Zablow at the National Butterfly Center, Mission, TX

Seven White Peacocks came to greet me in Mission, Texas near the border wall. Common to the Lower Rio Grande Valley and Florida, they sure catch the attention of a guy like me who has never seen one before.

Their flight is kind of slow, unrushed. They do frustrate, though, for as approachable as they usually are, they are heavily white, and like Cabbage white butterflies, defy the camera lens, mostly serving up mediocre images, even when you are convinced that you’ve landed some fine, fine looks. The image here is good proof. I scored good right wings, front and hind, but those left wings- they are filled with depth of field and white-challenge issues.

It was kind of funny. I’d see a White Peacock, and be at it immediately. Those in my vicinity, either at the National Butterfly Center or at the ‘Wall,’ wouldn’t even give it a nanosecond of a look. I guess it’s the ETB (Eastern Tailed-Blue) of the LRGValley.

Why did he or she name it the White Peacock?


Downy Yellow Violet

Downy Yellow Violet photographed by Jeff Zablow at Raccoon Creek State Park, PA

A Spring rarity, seen in Raccoon Creek State Park.

Wingedbeauty.com’s Media Library now houses more than 800 images. Each image survived the culling out of dozens of images, this one disposed because it is out of focus, that one because of depth of field dilemmas, and the next because the butterflies eyes are seriously out of focus, and yet another because who wants to see a butterfly from its posterior end?

Of the many images of wildflowers, I have always favored this look at Downy Yellow Violets. For so many reasons, I have always like it. So delicate these blooms, so vulnerable. Delicate as they appear, they suffer the cold Spring nights, for several days running, and face the next, partly sunny day, proud and independent, almost alone, solitary.

I have found this image to be very soothing, relaxing and calming. Communicating; stop, pause, and then frenetically dashing from chore to chore Jeff, and sit and savor. Do you get that too?