With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Favorite Photo Friday ~ Butterflies

Friday, July 23, 2010

Favorite Photo Friday ~ Butterflies

The gardens are busy places this time of year.
Full of critters (wanted and unwanted), birds and all sorts of flying insects.
Here are a few shots of butterflies on the buddleia bush.
This swallowtail has a damaged wing. Butterflies have many predators including ants, spiders, wasps, parasitic wasps, parasitic flies, birds, rats, toads, lizards, praying mantis, snakes and monkeys.  Their damaged wings do not seem to impede their mobility as I see them fluttering about just as though the wings were perfect.

Butterfly Wishes

Yesterday a butterfly

Came floating gently through the sky.
He soared up through the atmosphere
Then drifted close enough to hear.

I said, "I'd love to fly with you

And sail around the way you do.
It looks like it would be such fun
To fly up toward the summer sun.

But I have not your graceful charm.

I haven't wings, just these two arms.
I've been designed to walk around.
My human feet must touch the ground.

Then magically he spoke to me

and told me what his wish would be.

He said, "What I'd love most to do

Is walk upon God's Earth with you,
To squish it's mud between my toes
Or touch my finger to my nose.

I'd love just once to walk around

With human feet to touch the ground,
But I have not two legs that swing,
I haven't arms, just these two wings."

And so we went our separate ways

In wonder and surprise.
For we'd both seen God's precious gifts
Through someone else's eyes.
Author Unknown 
This frontal view shows clearly the feeding mechanism which is a long double barreled tube called a proboscis. Because butterflies feed through what is essentially a double barreled straw, their diets are exclusively liquids.

The same butterfly from a different angle. 
Here are the stats on the first shot (the other photos are similar) 
Camera Canon EOS Digital Rebel
Exp: 1/320
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 400
Flash: not used
Editing:  Slight cropping,  bumped up contrast a bit and slight sharpening of image.
Joining Valerie @ Favorite Photo Friday!
Linking with Claudia's Finding Beauty @Dipity Road! 


Mildred said...

Such great butterfly shots and I love the poem. Have a wonderful weekend.

Snap said...

Such beautiful shots. All of my butterfly friendly flowers perished in our winter. I see one or two fly by looking ... I miss them. I love my Canon!!! Perfect poem...

jean luc said...

Awesome macro's serie here , peaceful and so tender. And beautiful words in the poem. Bravo !

Susan said...

Gorgeous photos, LDH. Absolutely gorgeous. Bet National Geographic would love these for their magazine. Susan

Ann said...

Amazing photos, those butterflies are so pretty. That front view is very cool. I loved the poem also.

Angel said...

What Wonderful shots, and the poem also Wonderful :)
Have a Great weekend ~

marie said...

Such beautiful photos! The second one is my favorite. Butterflies are one of my favorites in God's creation.

Meri said...

Wonderful, well captured photographs. I can see why they're in your favorites.

Valerie said...

Valerie said...
Love those butterflies - and what a neat poem.

I don't very often see the yellow swallow tails around here, in fact I have seen very few butterflies - this year and last year.
I might just have to plant a butterfly bush!

jay said...

You got some great shots! Love the face-on one which hardly shows the wings. An unusual perspective, but I like it!

Deb said...

Those are some of the most beautiful photographs I've seen. Great job!

Olga said...

Incredible pictures! You captured all the beauty of these little creatures. And that's a beautiful poem.

Regina said...

Wow how amazing LDH.
The poem is fantastic.
Have lovely day.


Janice said...

Stunning photos Lorraine and a lovely poem.

crochet lady said...

Stunning pictures of some beautiful creatures!

gypsyrose said...

I have to agree with everyone else the photos are beautiful and I really love that poem.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

These are the most crystal clear close ups of butterflies that I've ever seen! Beautiful! I love all the information you gave about them and the poem.

bripolo12 said...

LOVE the butterfly pics. They are always one of my favorite subjects. Thank you for sharing them, they really are wonderful.


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