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penolta Mar 29, 2008 4:42 PM

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Butterflies are back with the first warm days. I tried all last year to get a Giant Swallowtail, but they were in constant motion -- just wouldn't sit still. This one was warming itself in the sun and taking its first meal. Most of the shots were into the sun (if I would have moved, it would have left). K10D with Tamron 70-300 LD Macro.

Additional photos can be seen in the close-up forum:;forum_id=7

1) Sunningon a rosebush

penolta Mar 29, 2008 4:44 PM

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2) Resting on a buddingmilkweed

penolta Mar 29, 2008 4:45 PM

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3) Looking at you

penolta Mar 29, 2008 4:46 PM

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4) Nectaring on Ixia

penolta Mar 29, 2008 4:49 PM

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5) Ixia maculata, the African Corn Lily, is a member of the Iris family.

Wingman Mar 29, 2008 9:02 PM

No. 3 is a winner! Very nicely done series!


Driver3 Mar 29, 2008 9:24 PM

I like number2 with the slightly subdued lighting. Very nicely done.


mtngal Mar 29, 2008 11:04 PM

I think they are all awesome!

snostorm Mar 29, 2008 11:15 PM

Hi Penolta,

Very Nice!

Almost enough to make me believe that Spring is actually on it's way -- but not quite:-). We had a couple of days in the 50's, then a freaky snow storm last week (like around 9"), then it warmed up again and we had two days in the 60's, then the temp dropped (again) and we got more snow a couple of days ago. Now the temps seem to be going back up. Needless to say, I've not put the winter clothes away yet. . . :(


NonEntity1 Mar 30, 2008 11:13 AM

Very nice series Penolta. My favorite is #2 for the composition.


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