Monday, July 26, 2010

A Tattered Swallowtail

Papilio glaucus

I photographed this Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on the shore of Wheeler Pond when we drove on Wheeler Mountain Road. This was the day that I finally began to understand how to use my new 250mm lens and was able to get detailed macro shots from a distance. That made life easier because butterflies tend to fly away when you are three inches away from them! The butterflies I have photographed this year have been very tattered. I assume this is because I have photographed them towards the end of their short and difficult lives. But they are still beautiful mysteries of nature and fascinate me. Here, the swallowtail is on blackberry blossoms.

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