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Old Mar 10, 2010, 6:11 AM   #1
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Yesterday's amazing spring-like weather here in East Tennessee brought out a few butterflies. These Eastern Commas overwinter as adults, and start showing up in the sunny woods as soon as temperatures and sunshine permit. We expect to see some Mourning Cloaks out soon too!
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Old Mar 11, 2010, 8:09 PM   #2
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i love seein all your photos. these are great.
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Old Mar 11, 2010, 8:41 PM   #3
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I don't see little leashes on these Butterflys? If I did I would say they don't count as "wildlife."

Kidding aside, wonderful shots of these beautiful creatures.

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Nice captures. The Comma looks like a great dead leaf mimic with the wings closed - effective camouflage protection against predation for overwintering adults. I find that closed-wing butterflies like this don't cooperate with photographers as they are hard to find to photograph with the wings open - you were lucky to catch this one with the wings spread to absorb the sun's warmth. The Mourning Cloak you mention is another - I have one or two overwintering in my back yard, but I only see them on warm sunny days when they are out and about. Where they go when they are hiding, I do not know, as I can never find them.
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NMRecording - Thanks so much!

Dave - It took forever to clone out those leashes in photoshop!!
Thanks! glad you liked them.

Penolta - You are so right - the sunshine was a big help! I spent about 15 minutes in this one sunny spot at the forest edge, waiting as the Comma kept landing and then taking off... The third photo was taken VERY CLOSE with my new/used DA 16-45, just to see how it does for macro.
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Mole, I'm impressed with the IQ of the 16-45mm. I saw one online for under $300 brand new, I'm tempted to get one.
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Mole, I'm impressed with the IQ of the 16-45mm. I saw one online for under $300 brand new, I'm tempted to get one.
That is a good lens, GW. I don't use mine as often as I should, but I posted some of the earlier examples again as one of the first threads in the new Transportation Forum (taken with the K20D):

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/tr...ld-trains.html
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It's wild and it's life: definitely wildlife!
Nice photos. I really enjoy the textures, especially knowing how soft and fragile these little guys are.
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GW - It does seem quite sharp, especially stopped down a bit. I'll be posting a few salamander pictures soon, and some were taken with this lens too...

Penolta - nice photos!

Aaron - Thanks so much!
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