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Old Jul 22, 2010, 2:12 AM   #11
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jealous ... but I'm going to a butterfly-indoor-garden , and if some of them turn out as good as these
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Old Jul 22, 2010, 5:43 PM   #12
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of course, you know all of your butterfly shots are beautiful.

i love the swallow tail against the thorns, the first dark one. the butterfly looks so fragile juxtaposed against the briars, especially with the tatters in her wings.

i also really like the last photo; the little green iridescent bug with the pink flowers. very pretty.

the composition of the second spice bush butterfly is fantastic, i love how she is falling off the edge of the picture plane, and yet your eye is still drawn to the center of the photo.
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Nice selection of mimics - now we need to see the model (the Pipevine).

Also a variety of colors of milkweeds for their nectaring.

Beautifully photographed, as usual.
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Old Jul 23, 2010, 10:17 AM   #14
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Wonderful series and I'm sooo jealous of the amazing variety of butterflies you encounter !

But, but, but ..... late Summer !!!!??? We have only just started (mid-July thru mid-September is 30 - 42C non-stop) !
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Old Jul 23, 2010, 3:30 PM   #15
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Beautiful, as always. Great variety in the butterfly shots.

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Old Jul 24, 2010, 5:21 PM   #16
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GW - Thanks for your kind words! Many of these were taken with my old Pentax A 70-210, which seem to have some really fine color rendition.

Lou - Thanks so much!

Tundraguy - And thanks for looking & commenting!

Ronny - Am sure that your butterfly shots from the indoor gardens will be much better! Can't wait to see them!

Vole - Thanks as always for your very kind, very specific, and very helpful comments. Glad you saw same as I saw in the tattered butterfly/thorny teasel shot...

Penolta - Thanks so much! As you've noticed, I did post a few Pipevine Swallowtails in another thread, taken at a different location. We hardly ever see them in our park, because we have no Dutchman's Pipevine. As you noticed, we do have several species of Milkweeds, with a nice range of colors (white, pink, lilac, orange...)

Frogfish - You'll just have to come to East Tennessee one of these days to see them for yourself! I only call it late summer because many of our local schools will be starting in just a few weeks, and so the summer vacation season here at the park is winding down. We will still have summer weather for another month or two...

Paul - So glad you enjoyed these!
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