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Swallowtail Butterfly

Posted by
Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 29 August 2013 in Plant & Nature.

There have been many Swallowtail butterflies in my garden this year. What a joy they are..

NIKON D300 1/200 second F/5.0 ISO 125 105 mm


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Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

This is a lovely image - folks often get over-technical and a bit forensic photographing insects but you have retained the simple pleasure of it all in this smooth, natural composition.

29 Aug 2013 5:10am

@Ronnie 2¢: Thanks, Ronnie. It was fun to photograph a butterfly and actually get it in focus!

Ellebelle from Mosquito Town, Netherlands

Just gorgeous!!! Superb focus on butterfly and flower, lovely colors and dof ........

29 Aug 2013 6:10am

@Ellebelle: Thanks. I like the bright look.

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

SPLENDIDE!!! Lumière et couleurs sublimes. Bonne journée. *****

29 Aug 2013 7:17am

@Tede: I, too, love the colors. Thanks.

Graciel.la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Very excellent. Great image, nice focus, flawless light ...

29 Aug 2013 8:17am

@Graciel.la (Vic. Catalonia): Thank you. I was delighted to get the butterfly in focus.

Helen from Melbourne, Australia

Very pretty

29 Aug 2013 8:45am

@Helen: Thank you.

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Beautiful shot, lovely colours.

29 Aug 2013 9:09am

@Curly: Thanks. I decided to up the saturation on this one.

Lai Chan See from Singapore, Singapore


29 Aug 2013 9:57am

@Lai Chan See: Thank you for visiting and commenting.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Absolutely enchanting.

29 Aug 2013 10:57am

@Ana Lúcia: Thank you.

Bruno F from Planète Terre, Europe, France

Gorgeous macro shot ! Wow !

29 Aug 2013 12:27pm

@Bruno F: Thank you!

Brenda from Canton, United States

Beautiful capture. It appears that his next stop will be the flower in the distance.

29 Aug 2013 3:15pm

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

What an awesome close-up, Anita! We can see each and every detail of this beautiful swallowtail.

29 Aug 2013 7:12pm

BiLL from Belfast, United Kingdom

You have captured this one really well, Anita.

29 Aug 2013 9:32pm

@BiLL: Thank you for visiting and commenting!

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wow, Anita ~ gorgeous !!! Your garden is beautiful!

30 Aug 2013 12:59am

@RBL: Thank you!!! I do love flowers. I had to take quite a few photos to get one in focus. :-)

Soheil from Tehran, Iran


30 Aug 2013 4:05am

@Soheil: Thank you.

Marie-Line from Lille, France

So beautiful !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

30 Aug 2013 9:05am

@Marie-Line: Thank you!!!!!!!!!

LAngevine from Angers, France

superbe les couleurs

30 Aug 2013 4:05pm

@LAngevine: Thank you.

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

Excellent close-up ... the colors and details are fabulous !!!
Congratulations on the C. Spotlight !!!

30 Aug 2013 7:14pm

@Baldwin Vandewalle: Thank you for taking time from caring for your family to visit and comment. :-)

philippe from moselle, France

fantastique !!!

30 Aug 2013 7:14pm

@philippe: Thank you.

véronique cherpantier from potenza, Italy

wow, les couleurs sont vraiment superbes, bravo pour le spot

30 Aug 2013 7:20pm

@véronique cherpantier: Thank you for visiting and commenting.

omid from mashhad, Iran

Congratulations! :)

30 Aug 2013 7:20pm

@omid: Thank you.

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

. . and another Color Spotlight, too ! Well done, Anita.

30 Aug 2013 7:59pm

@Ronnie 2¢: Thank you so much! (I'm getting too many of these, but don't tell anybody.)

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Congratulations on your SPOTLIGHT!

30 Aug 2013 8:04pm

@Ruthiebear: Thank you so much!

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

How gorgeous ... congratulations!!!

30 Aug 2013 8:34pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thank you so much.

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Absolutely beautiful! Congratulations on the Spotlight!

30 Aug 2013 8:50pm

@Elaine Hancock: Thank you!

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Congrats on the Color Spotlight!!!

30 Aug 2013 8:58pm

@Tede: Thank you.

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Beautiful....congratulations on color spotlight.

31 Aug 2013 4:01am

@PRASHANT: Thank you.

Calusarus from Drome des collines, France

Congratulations on the color spotlight

31 Aug 2013 6:33am

@Calusarus: Thank you.

Lai Chan See from Singapore, Singapore

Heartiest congratulations for the Spotlight.

31 Aug 2013 7:35am

@Lai Chan See: thank you!

Ellebelle from Mosquito Town, Netherlands

Congratulations on this gorgeous Color Spotlight!!

31 Aug 2013 8:06am

@Ellebelle: Thank you!!

FotoAnna ❀ from Mother earth, Netherlands

Such a beautiful and colorful photo, Anita!
Congratulations on the Color Spotlight!
Greetings, Anna

31 Aug 2013 12:37pm

@FotoAnna ❀: Thank you for visiting and commenting!

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

Congrats on the Color Spotlight, Anita :)

31 Aug 2013 7:21pm

@Mariana Maoduš: Thank you!

LauraS from Chico, United States

So beautiful. Congratulations on the Color Spotlight. Well earned.

31 Aug 2013 10:10pm

@LauraS: Thank you for visiting and commenting!

Devi from Chennai, India

Fantastic capture !!!

1 Sep 2013 12:09pm

@Devi: Thank you!

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Wow, Anita-this is superb in every way! The butterfly is pristine, and the colors are pleasingly saturated. I really like the sense of perspective provided by the OOF flower in the background. Congrats on the color spotlight!

2 Sep 2013 12:14am

@Julie L. Brown: Thank you for your kind comments. I was surprised and delighted to get this image. The Eastern Swallowtails have been plentiful in my garden this year.

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

love it 5*

2 Sep 2013 7:04am

@Dimitrios: Thank you.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Fantastic shot.

3 Sep 2013 5:52pm

@B. Thomas: Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it.

Chantal Mandeville from Montréal, Canada

Very, very beautiful !!!

3 Sep 2013 7:28pm

@Chantal Mandeville: Thank you!

RBL from Oxford, United States

Congratulations on the spotlight!!!

3 Sep 2013 8:32pm

@RBL: Thanks!

Babzy from Besançon, France

so nice , congrats ! :)

4 Sep 2013 7:17am

@Babzy: Thank you!

~~~Ann~~~ from Nelson, New Zealand

lovely bokeh

4 Sep 2013 10:35am

@~~~Ann~~~: Thank you for commenting and visiting.

rian from vestavia hills, United States

colorful butterflies on flowers, now that's a great combination.. :) nice shot!

5 Sep 2013 1:55pm

Andy from Birmingham, United Kingdom

Congratulations on your spotlight. Love the image great capture of detail.

6 Sep 2013 6:48pm

@Andy: Thank you!

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

. . and a lovely choice for your Fave, Anita ! This really was lovely.

5 Jan 2014 9:20pm

@Ronnie 2¢: Thanks, Ronnie. The Fave list is great for seeing lots of photographers I don't know.

You Know Me from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Gorgeous stuff! It feels a little surreal...

16 Apr 2015 8:01am

1/200 second
ISO 125
105 mm