03/31/11 - Spread Those Wings
This is another shot from my butterfly 'chasing' Tuesday afternoon. Yesterday is was rainy and cloudy all day:-( The phlox is in my yard, and before and after I took the wisteria shots, I was lucky enough to spy swallowtails on the phlox and get pictures. I have to say that it's harder on the knees to get down at ground level to chase these guys than it is to walk around a butterfly or lantana bush where they are higher up. Good exercise up and down moving down the line of plants and back up the line of plants on my front bank.
As luck would have it, this nice shot where the wings were open was a tad farther away than I wanted, so it's cropped a bit. I fixed white spots on the pretty petals on both the shot and the added on flower (from another picture that day). I toned the pink down just one notch. It really is THAT pink. I added the frame with OnOne's PhotoFrame. It's one in the Splatter series under the Grunge category, and I don't remember using before. The nice thing is once you get the frame over the picture, you can move the butterfly around to center it up. I slid it right a tad. That left a hole on the far left through the frame to nothing, so I cloned a pink dot under that hole to fill it in. The pink is soooo pink that I thought the black frame did a nice job of letting us appreciate the flower while not being blinded. What do you think?
Thanks for your comments on the wisteria picture. I grew up with a vine in my backyard in NJ. I used to go out in the spring and sit with my dog Shawnee and pick a 'grape' bunch or two and smell the beautiful blossoms. Ah...such a great smell. Although it's invasive, at least it does give back so much beauty.
Off on a field trip to Noah's Landing (rescue zoo) with Johnny's class today. The weather is not cooperating, but hopefully it will be a fun day anyway.