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Old May 13, 2011, 2:27 PM   #1
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These Tiger Swallowtail butterflies are not very common and very active. I was fortunate to be visited by one yesterday at the botanical garden. He was still very jumpy but at least stayed in the same bush for a while. (I posted a couple more over in the Closeup Section).

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#4 Very small hoverfly on a Forget-Me-Not flower



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#6 I'm going to call this one Liz Taylor for it's lavender eyes...








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Old May 13, 2011, 4:16 PM   #2
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Quite simply WOW - too hard to pick a fave as this is a stunning series.
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Love the bee. Pretty cool.

Dragon flies are not around yet up here in CT. Hope to get some DF shots myself.
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Great shots Saly, all great. Love the B-Fly and D-Fly shots. Kind of wierd because I was thinking of posting a Eastern Swallowtail shot today that I took last weekend.

Be like East meets West.

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Thanks Diane! Thanks Chris, it's actually a fly, very tiny but colorful.
Thanks jj - yes, do post the Eastern STB. Do they look very similar? This one was particularly big and colorful.
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Saly, the shots of the Tiger Swallowtail are an encouragement that Summer is coming to my area. Last Summer, I had many, many opportunities for shots of these butterflies with my old P & S. It was success at these kinds of shots that spurred on my photography interest. I'm looking forward to learning if the FZ35 can do better. But, that time will not be until at least July 1.

Swallowtail are usually pretty calm for me. Also, Frittilary are easy to shoot. The Monarch are very jumpy and don't settle well, especially when getting close with a camera (hence my interest yesterday in the 12-18" distance).

Looking forward to seeing more of these shots (and trying to make some of my own).
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Saly, I can hardly type because i'm holding my falling chin with one hand and typing with the other.....

This is an outstanding series of photos!

Really really good job
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Thank you Rui, you are too kind!

Roger, I was actually snapping away as fast as I could and sometimes I was quite far from the subject, perhaps 24 inches or more. When there is lot of light like in this case, the camera is more forgiving with focal distance. Somebody told me that butterflies are slower when it's very hot, to prevent from overheating, and this was a very hot day.
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Lowly and beautiful macro Saly, woow!
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Thank you catalex!!
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