This was a very cooperative Leptotes marina (blue marine) butterfly. This is highly unusual for them. Not only did I manage to get 83 shots off, I did so while also managing to add a Canon 500D close-up to a 70-300mm, then swap that out for a 60mm macro. To top things off, I was "permitted" to sit down in front of my subject during some of the 60mm shots. This shot (#8) was at 150mm with the 500D.
That little tyke was most of my picture taking a week ago, Saturday. Here's one more, shot with the 60mm macro.
|Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)|
|Some opuntia flower.|
|Succulent flowers, no ID.|
|Crazy squirrel, high up in some squirrelly cactus.|
|Future palo verde tree.|
|This mourning dove was entertained by my camera beeping while it was drinking at the fountain.|
|The leaf of the Canna Lily 'Tropicanna.'|
090114, Labor day...
This is the only photo I got. I won't explain why. This is a monarch butterfly, chrysalis. The gold beads are really THAT gold looking. I found 3 of these while I was looking for some seed from the this narrowleaf milkweed, Asclepias fascicularis. The other two chrysalides are hanging on a twig about 18" higher in a desert willow tree, Chilopsis linearis. I falsely assumed this cycle was over. I read up. If you don't know about the yearly cycle of this amazing creature you can read about it here. More to follow.
Moving onto this weekend...
This is a common green darner, Anax junius, it's a male. This is the 1st time I've seen one of these at this particular pond.
|Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis) on a bridge to the water lily.|
|Mud dauber wasp and an approaching ant.|
Butterflies are free.
1st a check on the monarch chrysalides. This was not this defined in person. The chrysalis was in shadows. I did not guess we were as close as we were to seeing a butterfly until I came back from a loop around the garden.
And in looping around the garden I stopped to take these pics...
|Apache plume, Fallugia paradoxa,the flower.|
|Apache plume, Fallugia paradoxa, the flower and the plume.|
|Tiny water plants growing in the fountain.|
|Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae).|
|Palo verde flowers.|
And watching from down below...
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