WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece (of Nature)

26 July 2013

Lens:

1. Swallowtail, Nikon DSLR, July 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

1. Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Nikon DSLR, July 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

2. Swallowtail, Nikon DSLR, July 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

2. Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Nikon DSLR, July 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

3. Swallowtail, Nikon DSLR, July 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

3. Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Nikon DSLR, July 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

4. Swallowtail, Nikon DSLR, July 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

4. Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Nikon DSLR, July 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

Let me know which is your favorite and why.

Pens: Masterpiece is an easy theme to interpret. It conjures the classic and unconventional. It symbolizes the sublime and visibly noticed and unforgotten. While a great monument or novel or painting or sculpture can comply, I have selected the native swallowtail butterfly as my entry.

While foraging in my garden during late afternoons, I’ve noticed this season’s abundance of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus). As these gorgeous creatures feast throughout my gardens, they can be great models or slippery spectacles. It takes just a small movement to dislodge their concentration.

In the Lens section is a set of images of a male Eastern Tiger Swallowtail dining on various coneflowers. For additional information about these masterpieces of nature, click here.

Note: As always I welcome any comment about this post or any part of my blog.

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60 Responses to WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece (of Nature)

  1. niki says:

    These are fantastic ! My favorite is the second one because for me is perfect picture. Have a great day Sally ! 🙂

  2. Claudia says:

    Hard to choose. I especially like the color pictures. Beautiful colors! 🙂

  3. Gallivanta says:

    I love the crispness and detail in the B&W. That one is my favourite by far which is strange when it is the colour of butterflies that usually attracts us to them.

  4. elisaruland says:

    I love the colors! So rich.

  5. I like the 2nd the profile view is crisp and colorful

  6. It’s good that you were able to stop the action. So often these swallowtails keep fluttering even when they’re at a flower.

    For me there’s too much loss in converting to black and white; I’d stay with color for this subject.

  7. I like photo 2 the best as it makes the butterfly look so poised and proud.

  8. It is amazing how you capture such softness but with great detail.

  9. Jeff Sinon says:

    Great shots Sally. I had a few of these on my cone flowers, along with about half dozen hummingbird moths on my butterfly bushes in my yard yesterday. Being too busy to stop and get a few photos was kind of a downer though.

  10. Stunning and very unique patterns and colors. Beautiful! Thanks for the recent visit. Have a great weekend.

  11. sued51 says:

    Sally,
    I like the second one, but, like Tina, I also like the B & W version. Something classic about it…

  12. suzanne says:

    Beautiful – all of them! I reacted to the 3rd picture – something in the mix of vibrant colors and the butterfly’s wing outline in this picture that caught my breath.

  13. Geoff says:

    Mmmm … crystal clear pictures of butterflies … they’re all gorgeous but I love the first one most 🙂

  14. Magnificent! Number 2 is my favorite because of the beauty of the colors and your capturing the moment in time.

  15. Sally,

    I really like the first photo. When it is enlarged, it is like a fine oil painting.

  16. Absolutely gorgeous images Sally-what a delight your garden must be.

  17. Outstanding, Sally. Period.

    janet

  18. Tina Schell says:

    Love the B&W version- funny since they’re all about color, aren’t they?! My granddaughter’s favorite thing, I took her to an exhibit and the NYC Museum of Natural History this year which was spectacular! Some amazing creatures 🙂

    • Tina, I also was surprised that the monochrome did justice to the swallowtail. I converted it, because I was curious about the luminosity of the light through the wings and the pale background. Thanks.

  19. Dina says:

    Breathtakingly beautiful, Sally! True natural beauties, all superb masterpieces.

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  21. Beautiful shots of such a lovely masterpiece of nature. Although, we plant specifically to attract butterflies, we see too few.

  22. Fantastic choices Sally and a great idea for this theme.
    Lisa

  23. Belinda says:

    Wow! the first one is so lovely!

  24. wisejourney says:

    Can’t possibly choose. I love butterflies and I love them all. An early evening delight.

  25. Beautiful. Butterflies are amazing creatures. When we were in Key West during a cruise a few years ago, we visitied the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory and it was time well spent. Thanks for bringing back that memory. http://www.keywestbutterfly.com/

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