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A busy Southern Cloudywing Skipper sampling the sweet goodness of a wild Strawberry flower. Considered rare in this area as it is very localized, seasonal and populations vary greatly from year to year..

A tagged, then released Monarch Butterfly warming its wings while sipping nectar from Goldenrod florets.

 

Note the oval shadow of its tag on the wing just to the right of its body as you look at the butterfly. A first 'tag' for me... Learn more about this important research project and how you can help via "Monarch Watch" online.

  

Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly waiting for the traffic to clear so it can go on about its business.

Monarch butterfly taking nectar from a cluster of native Goldenrod florets.

A tiny Eastern-tailed Blue butterfly keeping steady on a breezy afternoon.

The history of Las Vegas covers both the city of Las Vegas, Nevada and the Las Vegas Valley. The name Las Vegas was given to the city in 1829 by Rafael Rivera, a member of the Spanish explorer Antonio Armijo trading party that was traveling to Los Angeles, and stopped for water there on the Old Spanish Trail from New Mexico. At that time, several parts of the valley contained artesian wells surrounded by extensive green areas; Las Vegas means "the meadows" in Spanish. The flows from the wells fed the Las Vegas Wash, which runs to the Colorado River.

 

Information from Wikipedia.

 

Texture & Effect's by William Walton & Topaz.

La Conner, WA

USA

 

Photographed on a trip to the USA with my friends Eric and NJ.

Silver-spotted Skipper gripping a spent wheat stalk on a breezy afternoon.

Busy Red Admiral butterfly about to abandon a bramble of naturalized Sweet Pea florets.

My first adventure to the USA we took a coach holiday from Denver to Las Vegas touring through the old cowboy town of the different state's this town was one of the first place's we stop, Fond memories of Torrington we had a puncher on the coach so we all descended into Subway,this was the first time we had been to a Subway diner.

Situated on the historic Mormon Trail and near the Oregon and California trails along the banks of the North Platte River, Torrington was founded in 1900 by W.G. Curtis, and named by him for his home town of Torrington, Connecticut. Originally a watering and coaling station for the CB&Q Railroad, which began passenger service in 1900, the growing city soon became the main source of civilization for nearby farmers and ranchers. In 1905, the first bridge was constructed over the North Platte River

 

Information by Wikipedia.

 

Texture's & Effect's by William Walton & Topaz.

Somewhere in Montana

The fun starts at the state line; I had to have this shot on the highway. The desert gives way to something else the instant you cross into Nevada; everything forward of that Fashion Outlet sign is in California, behind it is Nevada (you can see the Nevada sign where the car is stopped and the people are standing).

The stacks at Bandon, Oregon

Or maybe just a 9 iron. Pebble Beach golf, USA

... to Canyonlands, Utah, USA

GER: Eines meiner Lieblingsfotos aus den USA: Der Horseshoe Bend nahe der Stadt Page (Arizona) zum Sonnenuntergang. Der Blick auf den 300 Meter tiefer fließenden Colorado River im Licht der untergehenden Sonne ist gigantisch. Das Gegenlicht war bei der Aufnahme die größte Herausforderung. Das HDR war schließlich die beste Option in der Situation, da ich meine ND Filter nicht zur Hand hatte.

 

US: One of my favorite photos from the USA: The Horseshoe Bend near the city Page (Arizona) at sunset. The view of the 300 meter lower flowing Colorado River in the light of the setting sun is gigantic. The backlight was the biggest challenge there. Photographing it as a HDR was finally the best option in the situation, as I did not have my ND filters with me.

 

Camera: 10mm | ƒ10.0 | ISO100 | 3 Exposures ± 2EV HDR

Taken in Monument Valley, Utah/Arizona USA

Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly leaning-in to gather nectar from the flower-head of a sharp Teasel thistle.

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