Monday, October 7, 2013

Happy Monday!

Independence Park in Baton Rouge has been my "go-to" place this summer for flowers and insects. I know you're rolling your eyes and saying "Not another macro post!" Well, I suffered to get these shots, so I'm sharing. How did I suffer, you ask? With temperatures in the mid-90s (fahrenheit) and a "feels like" temp of 100+, let's just say it brought back nightmarish memories of summers in Texas. I went out with my camera every other day, staying about an hour at a time because one day I over-stayed and almost fainted. I'm brown as a raisin, though!






Hope everyone has a fabulous week!

47 comments:

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Beautiful!!! Yep, I know about those Texas summers...but, I'd prefer the extraordinary heat of summer to the blizzard/white-outs of Colorado winters any ol' day.

That top image, is that a Duranta blossom? Pretty purple.

Kittie Howard said...

Your photos are always a gorgeous treat, Gail. But the verdict's long been in: Hot LA temps are better than shoveling my VA driveway.

Buttons said...

Oh Gail I am speechless you photos are stunning. Hug B

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Gail I am one of those oddballs that prefers winter over summer any day :) I love the beauty found in winter.

Stephanie said...

I am a Winter gal - I love the snow :) Gail, your photos are so incredible to look at! I feel like I am right there. Thank you for sharing such beauty with us. Hugs to you!

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

I can never get another of your macros and we appreciate your efforts to capture photos that please our eyes.

Linda said...

Absolutely gorgeous, every one! I don't know what that critter is in the 2nd shot, but it's a great macro. The Monarch butterfly (I think that's what it is anyway) steals the show today, though.

Chatty Crone said...

Those photos are awesome - it looks like you caught them eating the nectar. I think so anyway. I would take heat rather than a blizzard - but neither one is my favorite.

Chatty Crone said...

Those photos are awesome - it looks like you caught them eating the nectar. I think so anyway. I would take heat rather than a blizzard - but neither one is my favorite.

Terri Buster said...

Fantastic shots- all great macros. I hope your weather has improved.

rainfield61 said...

I love macro, and thus all of your shots.

Donna said...

Just beautiful

Karen said...

I love macros, and yours are stunning!

hootnonny said...

I never tire of your photography - macro or other! These are fantastic!
Happy Monday to you, happy week!

Kristen said...

I love your marco shots! They are beautiful!

Good eye!
Xo Keeping it thrifty

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Beautiful! The second one is my favorite. At least it should be cooler out now!

Evelyn S. said...

They definitely belong in a book of "bugs." I can't get over your macro images!

Linda R said...

I could NEVER get tired of you macro shots. They are wonderful. It is cold here in Portland, And I am loving it..

Hugs~

ladyfi said...

Thank you so much for suffering for your art. These shots are stunning!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Glad you are a quick learner and taking care of yourself!! LOVELY butterfly photos!! WOW!!

Amy Burzese said...

You brave girl. I can't stand the heat. Staying an hour would have been the death of me. On to the subject: these are great macros. And I have almost identical shots of those little butterflies already in a post just waiting to publish. But, yours are much better than mine.

TexWisGirl said...

i love the skipper shot!!

Phil Slade said...

Fabulous detail in those photos Gail. The extra light did the trick there and I'm glad you didn't faint

Nancy said...

I am sorry you suffered in the heat to get these but the payoff is definitely worth it.....They are awesome...The details just blow my mind.....Girl, you are good....

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Thanks for suffering so I could see these pictures. :)

eileeninmd said...

I prefer the hot weather over cold any day. Lovely images, Gail!

bailey-road.com said...

Awesome shots. Those little skippers have been really busy lately.

Kim Stevens said...

Just beautiful! A couple of days ago while at my nursery I got one of the skippers to go onto my hand. I was a little surprised as they are very skittish. They remind me of a fighter jet the way they hold their wings!

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Gorgeous captures Gail, you really do macro so well! Maybe autumn will be kinder but then, there usually aren't as many insects and flowers around then either.

Pallavi said...

Such spectacular pictures Gail ! You captured nature at its finest :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonderful...I would never ever tire of your macros.

Deanna said...

just too yummy, they are brilliant!!

Hilary said...

I love these, Gail. Just so gorgeous. Perfect, colourful macros.

Carletta said...

STUNNING!
Wow, wow, wow!
I am having a serious envy attack. :)

Stewart M said...

Great shots.

I think we are going to have our first "leave the windows open" night of the spring here today - it seems it may get hot here as well!

Stewart M - Melbourne

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

Yay for hot pink pants!!!!! with Black!!!!!

Ok Gail --- this Monarch Butterfly made me gasp in AMAZEMENT!!! WOW!!!

Rosemary Aubut said...

Wow Gail you are back in such a beautiful way! So enjoyed all of your new posts! Bravo my dear lady, Great work.

EG CameraGirl said...

Super photos. I'm so glad you survived the heat, though.

Jori said...

Yay! You are back!!! I love your photo's. I have been gone for a while too. I'm excited to see your work again. :)

Brian King said...

The detail is just fantastic! As are the colors! Very impressive shots! I'm not a hot weather person so I know what you mean about the heat.

Kathy said...

I love your macro shots. Keep 'em coming!

Barbara Shallue said...

I will NEVER roll my eyes and say "Not another macro!" I love your macros. These are awesome. Thanks for your sacrifices to bring them to us! :)

Tricia said...

How do you manage to get so many great shots time after time?! These are gorgeous, Gail!

Barb Brookbank said...

Amazing macros of these beautiful insects!

Rosie Grey said...

These are stunning, Gail! And you'll never hear me say "not another macro" and I won't ever roll my eyes ;-)

Wally Jones said...

Bugs, Flowers, and Heat, Oh My!

Super photos, Gail. Thank you for suffering so we could all enjoy the beauty!

Our photos said...

The photos are beautiful!
Greetings, RW & SK