Thank you all so much for the warm welcome back on my last post! It made my heart swell with joy to know that so many of you still care. Group hug! I replied to everyone that had a return email address attached to their Google account, but several of you didn't. FYI
My fuzzy memory can't remember how long I've had the 100mm macro lens, but I can tell you that it has rarely left my camera body since I received it. Bertha and this lens make a good marriage, I think! The poor 100-400mm lens lies neglected in my camera bag, pining away for Bertha. But what can I do? This new lens has me smitten right now. Is it possible that a camera lens has the ability to stimulate serotonin levels? Maybe I can throw these happy pills in the trash soon.
Macro photography is CHALLENGING, y'all! Why is it, when I'm walking around in this Hades-like climate, there is no breeze to cool me off? Yet the minute I point my camera at something, Mr. Breeze makes an appearance, laughing maniacally at me, I'm certain. Despite my often loud protestations and proclamations of The wind is not my friend, while begging it to CALM DOWN FOR ONE BLASTED SECOND, it continues to annoy at the worst possible moments! And just when I think I've somehow convinced Mr. B to be still, my subject moves, or worse, flies off. Maybe that's why I never get bored with doing macro shots, because just the idea of getting that perfect image is such a thrill.
Now, on with the show! These were all taken the last week of August and first week of September at Independence Park in Baton Rouge.
Thanks for the correction, Kim!
|Talk about flitting about! These guys are constantly fluttering their wings while they feed.|
Out of 200 shots I'll bet 5 had decent focus on the wing markings.
|Silver-spotted skipper - a first for me.|
I only had a handful of chances with this rare sighting. I'm still stalking his whereabouts to do better.
|Fiery skipper (pretty sure)|
Skippers are some of my favorites with those soulful brown eyes.
|Eastern tiger swallowtail|
|A beautiful specimen with no tears on the wings.|
|Anybody know what type of butterfly this will turn into?|
I have nearly Googled myself to death. Help!
Update: Thanks, Tammy & Hilary for helping me identify this is a clouded sulphur!