05/30/10 - American Lady and Friends
The kids and I made the rounds to Lake Wheeler Park and Yates Mill Park yesterday. I just love the plants they have growing in the Yates Mill Park parking lot and around a few other places in the park. This picture was taken there. The main butterfly is an American Lady. I'm not sure about the other butterfly or the two little black bugs (one is under the smaller butterfly). I liked the dof on this shot and the face detail on both butterflies, so that's why I picked this one. A view of this butterfly from the side is here:
Looks like a completely different butterfly from the side.
When I shoot butterfly shots, I try for various results. In many cases, I am trying to get a good picture of the straw (more properly called the proboscis).
It was cloudy all day yesterday:-( I added a tiny amount of saturation and sharpening to this shot. It is not cropped. Looks like clouds again today for our big picnic and Water Day events:-(
In other news, the kids were walking around the trails at Yates Mill playing Wall-E again. Madi is of course Eva, Johnny is Wall-E himself, and Joey says he plays M-O. It is so cute. They shut themselves down (still with arms at sides looking down sometimes squatting or standing straight) and wake themselves up to move to the next trail marker or bench and then shut themselves down again. Johnny does the most compacting of himself I guess because that is of course what Wall-E does.
Also, I saw a blue grosbeak yesterday. He was pretty far away, but the composition of the shot is quite interesting with my favorite red fishing chair and yellow wildflowers in the shot too:
That's only my second sighting ever, so I was very excited.
I hope you are having a wonderful long weekend with family and friends and taking great pics...