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I'm going to try firing up the blog again for 2016, especially the nature/landscape side of things. It is in desperate need of a redesign so I will be working on that while shooting for KSTV. Unfortunately the slideshows on older posts have been disabled by flickr. You can find all of my work in my gallery.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Pipevine Swallowtail

I have a new baby! Ok-so it is really a 100mm 2.8 macro lens, but I am in love. We are still getting acquainted, but one shot and I was hooked. Thank you to the special angel who made this all possible. Your kindness means the world to me. I will be sure to pay it forward soon. ♥

My first shot was of my daughter because it was evening and I couldn't go outside and play. I was amazed at the sharpness and how natural it felt using it. I happened to have a Pipevine Swallowtail about ready to emerge from its chrysalis. I had been willing it to stay in until the lens arrived. Fortunately it obliged and I was thrilled to use my new lens to photograph it. So here are a few shots from my first day with my new "baby". ;) I also took a walk around my garden. I'll share some of those tomorrow.

Happy Birthday! The beautiful Pipevine Swallowtail shortly after it emerged. One of the most gorgeous butterflies I have ever seen in person. The blue is actually like a metallic and reflects a sheen when it hits the light. It was interesting to see the different ways the wings looked depending on how the light hit them because of the sheen.

Our sweet neighbor and fellow photographer Betty was kind enough to give us the caterpillar. She has a garden that features Kentucky native plants. She has many of the host plants for various types of caterpillars. We are very fortunate to have her nearby and to get a chance to witness this miracle again and again. I hope to add some of the host plants to my garden soon. Once the butterfly had a chance to dry its wings and prepare to fly, we returned to Betty's garden to release it. It flew up to a tree, but surprised us by returning for a visit on some nearby plants.


Pam of Always Artistic said...

Wow this is a gorgeous butterfly, I have never heard of it before. Wow and your images are stunning. Congrats on your new lens!

Regina (Lexi) said...

Thank you Pam. I wish you could see the sheen they get in the sun. It is kind of difficult to capture. I am definitely getting my own Pipevine plant after seeing how beautiful the butterflies are! My neighbor sent two more down this morning that were about to emerge. They both came out while I was at the grocery. Just my luck. ;D

Pam of Always Artistic said...

I can't even imagine how beautiful they are in person. Butterflies are so much fun!

Oh no, too bad! Maybe next time you will catch them!


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