• Jeff grew up amidst brick, mortar and asphalt. Since back then, Jeff ached to enjoy this much beauty.
• Jeff studied Biology in college and remains fascinated by natural phenomena. Butterflies provide relief from that anxiety.
• Jeff realized that almost no one in this world did anything like this. He’s more than happy to share these images and experiences.
• Jeff’s first wife and Jeff visited many Christie’s and Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewelry, pre-sale exhibitions. Frieda A”H tried on some of the world’s most exquisite broaches, rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Jeff’s macro- work stunned him. G-d’s best work far surpassed any creations produced by the Cartier’s artisans.
Jeff loves butterflies and Jeff loves photographing butterflies.
We are looking at a dainty little Lycaena Thersamon Omphale:An Israeli copper butterfly found in much of Israel and in part of the Egyptian Sinai. It’s November, and I was shooting photographs a mile from the Mediterranean.
Sure I followed the Copper Butterfly from Camphor weed flower to flower. She didn’t seem to be alarmed when I made my careful approach. The several hundred readers who viewed our Techniquefeature have seen my stalking strategy.
I’m asked do I tire of photographing butterflies? Take this photograph for example. A visit with my daughter in Binyamina, Israel, mostly famous for its winery and palm trees enables me to also seek and photograph butterflies I’ve never seen before. As I’ve seen way too many U.S. western movies and who knows how much footage of lions and cheetahs stalking prey on the African veldt, moving silently and slowly to capture photographs of wild butterflies remains for me, a time-tested challenge. The exquisite beauty of these winged beauties, bejeweled in their oranges, blacks, reds, yellows, blues, purples and shades of the above are the reward. These butterflies are as beautiful as anything you will view at the magnificent jewelry exhibitions at the auction galleries in New York, London and Tokyo. I have seen jewelry exhibitions in New York for more than a decade. The Creator’s work trumps the work of the artisans. No doubt about it.
I love beautiful things. I’ve been to many pre-sale exhibitions of Magnificent Jewelry at Christies and at Sotheby’s (auction houses) in New York. I’ve seen the finest jewelry produced by the major jewelry designers.
With your permission I offer that the beauty born on the wings of butterflies more than rivals the work of those jewelry producers. This view of her wings below fits.
That has been one of the reasons that I enjoy photographing butterflies. I dwell on the significance of it all. Enough said.
Our Papilio glaucushere has been working the Butterfly garden at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Rock Hall, Maryland. She has gone from perennial to annual to perennial sipping her nectar/pollen mix with much gusto! The nectar, with its variety of sugars and proteins affords her the energy potential to fly, search and at the right time produce the eggs that will ensure new generations of tiger swallowtails.
Two hours from metropolitan Washington, DC, this Refuge offers raptors, marine birds, abundant wildlife and fresh, fresh butterflies. 5 stars.
It’s early afternoon at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland. As a rule I only photograph in the morning. I try to quit by 11 A.M., before the sun overhead denies my images of all of the creases and shadows that make an image memorable.
But there I was at Blackwater, and it was teeming with fresh butterflies of many different species. So there I was on October 6th. I had lots of water and so I violated my own working rules = don’t photograph after 11:30 A.M and stop when it gets hot. So I shot away!
Euptoieta claudia so reminds me of why I enjoy doing what I do. It is as beautiful as any fine jewelry produced by the finest jewelry designers. When I’m 12″ away and see what you’re seeing, it’s uplifting. Yes it is.
And like magnificent jewelry: you see it, you admire it . . . and then it’s gone.