06/04/05 - Male Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
I only got to fire off one shot and then this guy was on his way:-( This was taken on one of the butterfly bushes in my yard.
I did fidget with this shot just a bit to bring out the best true color and clarity. Little saturation and sharpening. 8X10 crop. Brighten a tad. Remove two stray white dots.
I missed out on taking swallowtail pics on my yoshino cherry trees this year...the timing was just off somehow on the trees blooming and the butterflies arriving for the spring. So, I'm glad to be seeing them now. Definitely my favorite local butterfly to take pics of. The female has more blue and orange spots and is a little showier. I'm just glad this male had intact wings. This butterfly is a bit stubborn about taking refuge from storms, so often you see them flying around quite tattered after a thunderstorm comes through.
Thanks for all your comments on the dahlia flower:-)
In other news, I saw the Red-Tailed Hawk down at the swamp and did manage to fire off a picture of him before he flew too. And, I had my second Blue Grosbeak sighting. He was in the shade, but I did manage several shots of him too. Also saw and took a picture of an Eastern Kingbird. It's amazing how I can travel less than 2 miles from my home and see so many interesting and different birds and plants.
Also, Joey's bookbag came apart at the seams and we were bookbag shopping at WM yesterday. Great luck that they had a Mario Kart Wii one and a Mario Slugger one. Johnny now has his bookbag ready to start Kindergarten:-)
He was so excited wearing it around the store and trying out things in it when he got home. Joey had a 'Show the Parents' teacher conference yesterday where we got to see his work at the beginning of the year and compare it to work at the end of the year. Wonderful to see the growth.