Saturday night I spent imaging very large objects: Earth’s Moon and craters measuring nearly 60 miles in diameter. Sunday I photographed a lovely Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus) as it sampled nectar from a flowering plant; then, during editing, I cropped in close creating an image depicting an area of only an inch or so square on that insect’s wing. I do love exploring things from the very large to the very small.
Even smaller details, an unexpected bonus emerged in the cropped image. The swallowtail’s wing was at a severe angle to the morning’s sunlight enhancing the view of the individual scales that cover butterfly wings.
And yes, the butterfly was photographed alive and well, and left in that condition!
Whether butterfly or flower, we wear out. Our time is limited. We beat our wings or unfold our petals and we go out into the world. And, eventually, we wear out. Perhaps it is best to shine as brightly as we can, while we may, so it cannot be said we did not make the most of what we have.
A butterfly samples nectar from a flower head in the gardens of the The F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm.
Today we paid a visit to the The F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm in Akron, Ohio. It was a fine, cool, beautiful day for a walk in the gardens and natural areas of the park. The last time we visited there was in October 2008. The nature center itself has undergone major improvements since then including installation of solar power panels on several rooftops, LED lighting, new pavement, and pavilion areas. We enjoyed walking through the woods and photographing various natural subjects and captured many splendid views of everything from mushrooms and flowers to vines and butterflies. Only two images are included here but I’ll be working on other images and posting them to a photo gallery — maybe add one or two to my 2011 photo calendar. It’s late now (actually after midnight) so I’ll post and go to bed. I like these low-key, slow-paced days.
A flowering plant poses as if in mid-dance at the The F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm.
On the morning of the first day of September, a Monarch butterfly feeds on a yellow coneflower.
I spent a good part of Wednesday morning, before work, at Hinckley Lake. The weather was nice and I wanted to get out of the house and catch some tranquility before heading to the office. I watched a pair of Great Blue Herons posturing and eyeing each other. They were a bit distant for dramatic photos. So, from the waters’ edge, I shot a few images for the record but mostly watched the slender birds practice their slow motion choreography. Walking back along the path I made efforts at photographing some back-lit plants. Those images, it turned out, were not in good focus — manual focus on ground glass is not very precise and I wish for a split-focus screen for my camera (sadly lacking). Back at the boathouse, however, I caught sight of monarch butterflies feeding off bright yellow coneflowers. I shot many exposures of the orange and black beauties. Shown above is my pick of the bunch.