This Viceroy Butterfly Stunned Me!

Viceroy butterfly photographed by Jeff Zablow at the Butterflies and Blooms Habitat in Eatonton, GA

This photograph super-charged my eyes and rocked my mind! It was early morning in the Butterflies & Blooms Briar Patch Habitat in Eatonton, Georgia, Virginia’s in-town miracle. I do especially like Viceroy butterflies, and I’m always on the lookout for an extraordinary one. This photo shot me to the moon, it did. Why?

  • Our Viceroy butterfly star here posed on its hostplant, in excellent form, long enough for me to cop many images, and super-like this one.
  • This was a Macro- shot, me having to be very very close, and he/she allowed me to close the space between us.
  • The colors it wore are so very sweet, reminding me of those many many visits to the finest of the jewelry houses in NYNY back then. G-d here shares colors that Cartiers must quietly . . . envy
  • Viceroys prefer habitat near much water, the B & Blooms Briar Patch Habitat had willows, but little water, so why were we so blessed with this visit?
  • Every aspect of this Viceroy butterfly is gorgeous. You slowly scan it and more and more finery is seen.
  • My dearly departed wife, Frieda A”H loved fine jewelry, and as I stood at this beauty, it so evoked for me memories of how . . . .
  • My goals remain the same: Chief among them is to score images as good as or better than those in the best of the Butterfly field guides. I did that here, I’d like to say.
  • Why? Why? was I so fortunate to be there, at this place, at this time, enabling me to meet such Beauty! A moment earlier or a moment later and . . . . Will of the Wisp they used to call it.
  • I suspected then, that if I could capture the essence of this magnificent creature, that some whom I much respect would be pleased, and would say so. That is the wind to my sails. You do it for me.


Little Wood Satyr & Their Serpentine Moves

Little Wood Satyr Butterfly photographed by Jeff Zablow at Raccoon Creek State Park in Pennsylvania, August 2014

Was it Seinfield’s Kramer that came to mind yesterday?  We were in the Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge in Juliette, Georgia, spending some time working the land near the rocky shelves that we often visit.

We were having a good time seeing butterflies, and soon saw a Little Wood Satyr, then soon another, and yet another. Photograph them? We tried and tried and tried. Problem was they fly not the path of a bullet, but instead they go a serpentine route, making keeping up with them difficult, and often near impossible. Total number of images of Little Wood Satyrs for May 3, 2020? Zero.

All of this brought a Big Smile, for it evoked memories of that Seinfeld TV show, where Jerry Seinfeld (or was it Kramer?) demonstrated the serpentine method of avoidance.

This Little Wood Satyr here was met in early morning, before it was revved up for its day ahead. It was in Raccoon Creek State Park in southwestern Pennsylvania.