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Old Jul 6, 2011, 8:04 PM   #1
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Default Butterflies, etc. from July 6 (FZ35+LC55)

Managed to sneak out at lunch today to the botanical garden. It was terribly hot, so there was nobody else around


#1 Several images of Gulf Fritillary Butterfly




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#4 Gray Hairstreak Butterfly




#5 Blue Dasher Dragonfly
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Old Jul 7, 2011, 2:25 AM   #2
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Fantastic place and Macros of bugs Saly!!! #1 - 2 and 5 are superb for colors, details, DOF and compositions
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Lucky you having the whole garden to yourself. Great shots, especially for me the damselfly as I still can't manage to find one
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Oops, sorry - the dragonfly...
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Great shots Saly. The Grey Hairstreak is a interesting looking B-Fly.

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Old Jul 7, 2011, 5:35 PM   #6
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Amazingly clear and sharp series saly

Is that the normal look of the Grey Hairstreak, looks like it got covered in dust.
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Old Jul 7, 2011, 11:21 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone! The gray hairstreak is very tiny butterfly, and this is what they typically look. I think most butterflies are sort of "powdery".......

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Stunning shots Saly - No.1 & 5 are exceptional and so beautifully composed. Its so good to see your posts. These shots should be up there in your Top 10 for sure.
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Thanks Diane, feeling bad about posting the same bugs over and over but that's all I can find right now.....
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Saly, ... feel the same about lilies!

Keep posting, your shots don't get old. I'm drawn to your butterfly shots. Good job! I tried some of my first 2011 Fritillaria this past weekend. But, I didn't get anything worth much. They are still very flighty, and will undoubtedly get calmer as the season progresses.

I also spent about 150 shots between Saturday evening and Sunday evening, trying to get good shots of bees. I had great access, good lighting, and everything was good to go. But, I did not keep one image! I don't know if I've lost my touch, or what. All these shots were on cone flowers. The pointed cones at the top where the bees were working may confused the focusing mechanism, I don't know. I tried everything, but without success.

I did work with my new LC55, but did not get any shots that I could not get with bare camera. I'm very disappointed, and am not sure what to try next. I do not have one "keeper" with the LC55. I know you, plus others, have talked about 12-15" away. But, I just cannot get the camera to focus with a zoom of 3X, 4X, or thereabouts. Anything beyond that, the camera objects to "being to close."
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