End Of Season Butterflies

We went for a walk at Davidson’s Mill Pond Park to see what photo subjects we could find. Weeks ago was the end of season for the Butterfly House, but they still had the covering over the framework and you could still see a few butterflies flying around in there. But on this visit we were surprised they took down the covering so the butterflies were now loose in the fields and gardens around the framework. Just a few days ago the butterflies we did photograph in the fields looked quite the worse for wear. These butterflies looked in extremely good condition so we had a great time photographing them on the branches of  bushes around their old home. I was using a 300mm f/4 lens but was shooting at f/4 or f/5.6 to keep the background smoother & softer to minimize a distracting background.

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Black Swallowtail Butterfly

We went to a local park to look for Dragonflies, but I noticed this Black Swallowtail Butterfly on some flowers by the pond on the way in. It looked colorful with the flowers and I liked the contrast of the dark colored butterfly against the flowers.

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Black Swallowtail Butterfly Takeoff

I was photographing this Black Swallowtail Butterfly and as it took off I followed it along to combine into a Take Off sequence. Combining 3 images into a panorama. I had a few more, but it just added a lot of blue sky which looked empty. It stayed in the area for a while giving me the opportunity to get quite a few shots in different poses.

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Black Swallowtail Butterfly On Thistle

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