Thursday, September 9, 2010

Don't Fly Away!


Last Saturday, my friend Charlie Thigpen helped me chase this guy all over the garden at his fabulous shop,  Garden Gallery at the Pepper Place. I finally caught him resting on this lovely purple flower.

It reminded me that I should try macro shots more often, like my friends Costas here and Abe Lincoln here.

19 comments:

Judy - So California said...

Oh V - You just go from best to bester yet! What a wonderful shot this is. Well worth the chase.


WV heatedem - bet chasing this guy heated 'em up!

jb said...

I can say with authority that the plant is an Avanacluia purpura. Is that a Monarch butterfly? Used to have them in masses at home in NZ - used to grow swan plants for them to feed on. Miss them like crazy

Bibi said...

Just down-home gorgeous!

Naturedigital said...

A beautiful butterfly and a great macro photo Virginia.
Thank you for remembering me again.
My bees photographs not up to the quality of your butterfly's.
Have a great day.
Costas

Maya said...

Beautiful shot! See? Wasn't it worth the chase?

Abraham Lincoln said...

Not a Monarch and not a Viceroy. I will have to look him up.

Glad you caught him.

Thérèse said...

Probably a Gulf Frillary.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I looked it up. It is a Gulf Fritillary

Virginia said...

Well Abe and Thérèse got it! Thanks everyone for solving the mystery. As i told Abe, I thought if it was orange, it was a Monarch. Silly me!

Virginia said...

Oh and a merci beaucoup to JB, our horticulturist, with the name of the plant!

Daryl said...

Love this ..my macro and I are learning to work together ..

Ken Mac said...

nice one V! Did the Cheyenne Diner ever appear?

claudine said...

Quel beau papillon! Bientôt, il n'y aura plus de papillons car l'été va se terminer !
Magnifiques couleurs et bravo pour cette belle photo Virginia!

Halcyon said...

How lucky for you! It's so hard to get these little guys to sit still. Your shot is perfect.

Jacob said...

Yes, you should ... a very fine photograph. I find these things almost impossible to get in the proper position and to hold still long enough to get 'em in focus.

You done good!

Virginia said...

Thanks everyone. I think this was a fluke but I'll keeping my eyes open for more macro shots. They're a lot of fun.
V

Wayne said...

Great shot V.

Yeah, where's the Cheyenne Diner?

Thérèse said...

In fact we have once a year these butterflies over here at the Botanical Garden. They come in boxes from Florida half asleep and spend their life cycle in a beautiful Pavilion. They are not allowed to escape or go for walks because they would contaminate the Arizonian butterflies.

Petrea said...

More macros, yes indeed, a very good idea. This is lovely. Every time I creep up on a butterfly it departs before I can focus.

I, too, am interested to hear about the Cheyenne. I think you'd have told us if there was any news, wouldn't you?