I know I know.. You are wondering if I actually took this picture since it is not a sunrise, sunset, cloudscape, landscape, "shipscape" etc etc. Yes, I took it and surprised myself too.


Happen to see this guy as I was getting into my car this afternoon in front of my house. Had the D200 with me and fired off some shots. I like the fact that he is in between the flowers and I think the shadow on the pole adds interest as well.


Shot this with the Nikkor 18-200VR, which is not meant to be a macro lens.


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  • Kenny Lee 7y

    Damm....thats gorgeous shot, John!
    This is what I called "BokehFly" LOL.

    Seen on my Flickr home page. (?)
  • GeneC55 7y

    WOW! Gorgeous color...flower shadow is very cool.

    Great Shot!
    Please add this beautiful photo to :

    "World Nature & Wildlife Closeup"
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  • aswirly (away) 7y

    I love that it is in between the flowers too, and the shadow does add a great detail. Really a beautiful shot!! :))
  • James Hanlon 7y

    Wow - extremely interesting shot with a silky smooth bokeh and a sharply defined subject - I like the fact that the flower is blurred and it's shadow is sharp. The texture at the bottom portion of the tree bark has an interesting pattern that appears to encircle the shadow.
    Every picture tells a story (don't it) and this one has some great ones to tell.
  • Walter 7y

    DAMN! Now thats a side of you that needs further exploring!!! Well done!
  • Shannon Field 7y

    A visual delight! Hope your enjoying your weekend!
  • Michael Coe 7y

    Beautiful. Talk about DoF. the flower in front and behind are out of focus but you got the butterfly perfect. 90 % of my shots are with this lens. Great job. Great shadow Thanks for representing H-Town so well.
  • Darren Bryden 7y

    Wow! You really nailed this one John. Great DOF, clarity and light. Beautiful.
  • Karen Hunnicutt 7y

    I oh, so think you shuld be doing more of these! This is fabulous!
  • John Hark 7y

    Thanks for the compliments. I am really pushing myself to do more than my usual types of shots. Stay tuned!
  • TxTamz 7y

    i agree... very nice. :)
  • telwink 7y

    great shot - razor sharp. very nice composition - I'm really digging the shadow
  • Maria 7y

    I agree with everyone else - you definetly nailed this. The colors are amazing.
  • John Hark 7y

    Thanks guys. Pays to have the camera handy!
  • Andy Cross 7y

    Great shot... beautiful natural colour, nice depth of field and that shadow is a delightful touch.
  • jjsala 7y

    Very nice combo shot.
  • jrix 6y

    What a beautiful image!

    Seen in

    My Favorite Butterfly Shot

    Please invite your friends to post their best!!!!!!!!
  • John Hark 6y

    Thanks guys!
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Taken on October 18, 2008
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