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Pipvine Swallowtail Butterfly

Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly

Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly

Nikon Df| Nikkor 180mm f/2.8| SanDisk Extreme Pro Digital Film| PS CC 2017 & On1 Photo 10

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  1. Beautiful shots, Deborah, capturing the butterfly from all angles! I saw quite a few pipevine swallowtails on a butterfly trip Thursday that took me to Yolo County but did not even get a blurry photo. They were circling the just-bloomed buckeye trees at the entrance to Putah Creek. It was after 6 pm and they would not perch–at least not where I could see them. Maybe I will get back there someday.

    For Thursday doors, you might take a wide lens to Elizabeth Gamble Garden in Palo Alto. It’s just down Embarcadero from PA Baylands (3rd left after Middlefield Rd). But pack a macro lens too, for the flowers. Open daylight hours, free admission.

    • I hope you get back to Putah Creek. I’ve seen lots of reports from that area with great birding, and now butterflies! 🙂

      Hey, let’s do Elizabeth Gamble Garden together! It’s been ages since I’ve seen you.

      Thanks for the lovely comment!

  2. My favorite is the first … a beautiful specimen and nice composition!

  3. These are beautiful!

  4. These each have special unique beauty in their features! I love the fabulous angle on the first and second pictures. The black wings still look sheer in these, shimmery and luminescent. A truly special treat, thank you! xo

    • Thank you so much Robin! I was wondering if that first butterfly was newly emerged waiting for its wings to dry out? It was there a long time. It was definitely new looking. 🙂

      • I like how still and it does look like it is waiting for its wings to prepare for flight, Deborah. Simply lovely to see a rather rare type, which I’m not sure if I have seen this type before.
        Hope you have a special weekend, friend! xo

  5. How pretty! I love the last photo!

  6. You know how I feel about butterflies…

  7. Beautiful

  8. I don’t ever think I’ve seen one of these. He’s beautiful. I love that center shot, almost 2D butterfly.

    • Thank you so much Dan! I have to go back to my archives and see if this is the type of butterfly I saw years ago but didn’t Identify then. If it’s different this is a first for me too! 🙂

  9. Wow that’s pretty! I don’t think I’ve seen one of those around here… Good job!

  10. beautiful capture!

  11. Mighty handsome visitors on that bright green. Wonderful photos. 🙂

  12. Beautiful image! I find it intriguing that we love butterflies, yet it is still an insect. See what a little glorious colour and good PR can do for you 😉

  13. True beauty!! Wow

  14. Wow, aren’t they gorgeous? I seldom see these as they are usually farther south. You’ve done him proud 🙂

  15. You’ve done this gorgeous Swallowtail great justice, Deborah. Beautifully captured and lovely depth. Sadly, butterflies are in spectacular decline in large parts of the UK. Your shots are a definite day-brightener!! 😂

    • Thank you so much Rob! It was a such a treat to see them. I wonder if Butterflies are on the wane here too? Thankfully this garden is dedicated to having plants that they love to feed on so they have a home there.

      • I’m glad to hear it, Deborah. My garden is secluded, crammed with all sorts of many different plants and still butterflies struggle to thrive here. I wonder if summer will change that.. fingers crossed! 😉

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