Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Butteflies, So Relaxing to Watch...


What could be more relaxing than sitting on the garden bench after spending time working in the garden. Butterflies float from flower to flower. They are so delicate, so restful, unless you have your camera with you. Then the picture changes. As soon as I got up the butterfly headed to the phlox on the other side of the wall. Not to be denied I followed the black swallowtail who now seems to have shifted into overdrive. He flitted from  the phlox to the sunflowers to the catch fly to the butterfly bush, and finally to the zinnias. I followed my quarry. Finally I got my picture.


Of course I had to try to take more. What if the focus wasn't perfect. Perhaps I could do better. This picture on the catch fly was my last attempt. That butterfly's wings were moving so fast they are a blur.  I got my pictures, but the next time I sit on the bench to watch the butterflies, I'll get a glass of iced tea and leave the camera in the house.

8 comments:

FlowerLady said...

Butterflies are so elusive, there one minute looking like they will stick around, but when you go for that camera they are no where to be seen.

FlowerLady

GirlSprout said...

I'm not sure what compels us to try to photograph butterflies. Sometimes, it's nice to have a mental photograph and enjoy being in the moment.

Becky said...

The digital camera is a big improvement over the butterfly net and killing jar. In the end I'm happy that butterflies in my garden are free!

Lyn said...

Yes, sometimes it's best just to "take" a memory, although your first photo is great. But I've got the "just one more photo" bug too, and it's anything but relaxing!

Sharie said...

I've gotten on a photography kick this summer and I'm forever chasing butterflies and other bugs all over the garden. Hubby thinks it's hilarious since I used to tease him for doing the same thing! Now we compete to see who can get the best shots. He usually wins since he has the better camera, but we have a lot of fun trying to out-do each other!

all about nature said...

i love butterfly, the colour so much

Lee May said...

Becky, this is such a beautiful result of a timeless delight: chasing butterflies. Now that you've captured that one, send it on to my Connecticut garden; I'll be waiting.

myrtle said...

WoW! what a wonderful butterfly..love it.=D