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Old Sep 23, 2011, 5:51 PM   #1
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We here in north central Texas finally saw some rain and huge temperature drops from a couple weeks ago. This morning the temp was 67F @ 0700 and two days ago we had rain for the first time in months.

The Monarch butterflies appear to be gathering at some of the parks where food sources are available. I don't know when the migration to Mexico is expected but this morning I saw a lot of butterflies and they were more intent on feeding than scurrying, few of them were shy which made for some fun shooting.
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Old Sep 23, 2011, 5:59 PM   #2
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Hi Bob,

Looks to me like your settings are spot on as I can see the furry body of these beautiful creatures.

Very sharp with great resolution.

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Great shots, Bob. I especially like #3. Well done.
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Very nice! That profile in #3 is really impressive.
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Love'em Bob...well done!
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....thanks for the kind remarks, it was a great deal of fun to find the monarchs in such a beautiful setting and at a time of day when they were just coming in from roosts.

It was a treat too to find the 70-300 working so well with the P3. Now I need to again spot that huge snapping turtle that lives just around the trail from these butterflies.
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Wonderful close-ups. Amazing creatures as well. I live in southern Ontario on the Niagara Peninsula which is a migratory route for many birds as well as the Monarch butterflies. The peninsula acts as a convenient short cut over land in crossing Lakes Erie and Ontario. Incredible that the Monarchs can make such a journey.

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....bluenose,

Thanks for the comment, it is truly amazing that the Monarch migration is always of the 2nd & 3rd generations which can be as much as 2000+ miles. I find migratory navigation very interesting, how the butterflies find the route and end at the same roost is truly a miracle of nature, like the swallows in Capistrano, CA and all the birds and fishes of the migratory world, truly amazing.
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Was out in the middle of Lake Ontario and a monarch landed on the boat. Back on his journey before I could hand the helm over and grab my camera. Flying against that easterly wind -- maybe not the best day for heading south.
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But I did find this fellow sampling one of our joe-pie-weed

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