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    A second capture from yesterday's trip to the El Dorado Nature Center in Long Beach, California USA. I saw a flowering tree from a distance and noticed lots of movement as I came closer. Closer yet, and I saw lots of swallowtail butterflies flapping about frantically (as they tend to do). I have only a little experience with these butterflies -- just enough to know that they move around so much that they are difficult to photograph. I switched to my zoom lens (which has some macro capability) and shot like crazy while as many as a dozen or more butterflies landed for mere seconds, flapped their wings furiously, and then moved on to the next flower. I stayed with them for quite a while, and this is one of the better keepers from the session. In a perfect world, the foreground flowers would have been fresher and more in focus, but I needed the fast shutter speed and thus got shallow depth of focus and gave all of that focus to the butterfly. (Zuiko 70-230mm zoom, f/5.6, 1/800 sec., ISO 100, sun, handheld)

    Closer view of its proboscis -- and you can count hairs!

    Ammar Kevin Eu, Nick Boren Photography, and 27 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. hatschiputh 57 months ago | reply

      a masterpiece!!!

    2. natalija2006 57 months ago | reply

      This Photo is really FANTASTIC !!!
      You deserve a special Award from our group:


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    3. dittma_d 57 months ago | reply

      wow! great closeup!

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    4. Tonton des Iles-Bye bye Everyone 57 months ago | reply

      You did another great photograph here, as I'm not used to see some like this one. Viewing on Black lets me discover something looking like some reflection in his eye. Instant fave!
      Thank you very much for your kind words on my last uploads about Byron. I hope those to come will make you pleased.
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    5. mhd.hamwi 57 months ago | reply

      I would like to comment using my language .. a poem .. but unfortunately it would be difficult for you to translate ..
      so I'll just say ....
      ... F A N T A S T I C ...

    6. Yvonne (on/off) 57 months ago | reply

      A most lovely image of the beautiful butterfly ~ amazing details on her, bet it was a lovely experience to get these pictures. Well done, it's always a pleasure to visit your lovely stream. Have a great Tuesday too.

    7. Daydreams by Darlene [deleted] 57 months ago | reply

      Your beautiful photo is really a Jewel of Nature !!!
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    8. innpictime ζ♠♠ρﭐḉ†ﭐᶬ₹ Ȝ͏۞°ʖ 57 months ago | reply

      A fantastic catch! What great composition ~ I love the parallels between antennae and stamen.

    9. lika2009 (in the U.S.A.) 57 months ago | reply

      Beautiful capture! I love the light and details!

    10. dragonfly19x 57 months ago | reply

      Well done. I've never managed to capture a tiger!

      This method is also about the only way to capture dragonflies on the wing...if they are territorial it works, for cruisers it is harder.

    11. KathrynApril 57 months ago | reply

      Instant fav!!! This is soo beautiful.

    12. Steve (huz001) : 460,000 + Views - Thanks [deleted] 57 months ago | reply

      You are invited to post this wonderful capture to Living Jewels of Nature
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    13. ERIK THE CAT 57 months ago | reply

      Your beautiful photo is really a Jewel of Nature !!!
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    14. AllureFoto 57 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Color in Nature, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      Outstanding macro shot !!!


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    15. N@din@ 57 months ago | reply

      Ha! You are so modest! This is a wonderful capture, Celeste.The details of the butterfly are absolutely perfect.

    16. christabel's artworks 56 months ago | reply

      flori ELITE Invitation” by Christabel’s Artworks – on flickr. © Chris Elliott.

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    17. abrideu 56 months ago | reply

      Your great macro is very welcome in Elite

      Hi, I am delighted to be Moderator of this Elite Group

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      ♥ An ELITE macro shot !!!
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    19. Dogeed 31 months ago | reply

      Belle prise de profil et un joli rendu des tons.

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