09.22.2019 Two on the Asters

While mowing near our vegetable/flower garden, I noticed the asters were really busy with butterflies and bees.  The bees were busy and kept about their pollen gathering and for the most part so were the butterflies.  There were two Monarchs-Danaus plexippus building their stores for the long trip ahead.

And one very aggressive Orange Sulfur-Colias eurytheme that wasn’t having any interlopers, chasing even the much larger monarchs if they got too close to its feeding station.

These were shot with my SX-60.  Figured I should use it for more than the moon. In both cases it did a decent job of capturing the detail and managing the direct midday light.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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15 Responses to 09.22.2019 Two on the Asters

  1. Ann Mackay says:

    It’s wonderful to see butterflies in the garden – we don’t get anything as glamourous as the Monarch here though!

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  2. That is indeed well-managed light on the yellow butterfly. It and the lit-up part of the aster seem to glow.

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    • Thanks, Steve. Sidelighting helped with the details and there was just enough filtered cloud-light to allow the colors to have enough richness without the usual midday glare.I was surprised that the SX-60 handled the light as well as it did.


  3. shoreacres says:

    I’m especially taken with the slight folds in each section of the monarch’s wings. I don’t remember seeing those before. The wings generally seem smoother. I suppose it’s the way the light is catching them. And lucky you, to have such a nice image of a sulphur. I’ve tried innumerable times, but I’ve yet to have one settle long enough for a really sharp photo. I do get quite a bit of exercise chasing them, though.

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    • You don’t know how many misses went into capturing that one. 🙂 I spent a lot of time with the butterflies and only stopped when the battery gave out. I only have one for that camera and don’t usually use it for extended periods.
      I am not a good judge of these things, but the monarch seemed to be pretty fresh and possibly the wings maintained some of the compactness from being in the chrysalis. Or maybe it just finished a session with these guys.

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  4. bluebrightly says:

    Oh, these are glorious, Steve! I’m so jealous!! I do love the Sulphuirs, too – I remember a big one I used to see in North Carolina when I lived there, briefly – it was a bit bigger and more striking than what I was used to in NY. And of course, nothing beats a monarch, with its beauty and such an amazing narrative attached to it. Look at the texture of those wings!! Nice!

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    • As I was shooting I did not notice the detail of the veins until I started processing. Seeing them was pretty exciting and I was fairly sure I had a nice fresh individual with every scale intact. It was a challenge following them around as they most often were obscured by some of the flowers and the less blocked side was always in shadow. I am beginning to love that aster. 🙂

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      • bluebrightly says:

        Some typos in my comment, sorry. Yes, I’d say this baby was fresh out of the pupa. The aster was good to you. They are a somewhat humble wildflower, but so, so nice to have around this time of year, on your coast and mine.

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  5. May the Monarch travel safely, and may it find its ancestral trees still present upon its arrival! 🦋

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