Monday, July 27, 2009

A Great Spangled Fritillary nectaring on Wild Bergamot (Bee Balm)

Birding Hocking Hills in Southeastern Ohio
Again, the Creekside Meadows Trail led me to another beautiful sight. Apparently, acres and acres of grass and wildflowers will do that.

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one
must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
~Hans Christian Anderson





26 comments:

Craig Glenn said...

Wow Kelly, those are some of the best Butterfly photo's I have seen this year!

Great Job!

Craig

Susan Ellis said...

Ditto! Perfect photos - and great name for a little fluttery thing

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

Great shots—especially that first one!

E said...

Very lovely, great colors, good timing.
Hugs

Warren Baker said...

Very nice kelly, very very nice!

holdingmoments said...

That is a stunner Kelly.
Beautiful markings.

Laure Ferlita said...

Careful now, or you're gonna get a bug lovin' reputation! ;•}

Awwwwwesome, girlfriend, awesome!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Gorgeous butterfly, Kelly.. Looks like it is really enjoying its dinner!!!!

Have a great evening.
Hugs,
Betsy

The Early Birder said...

Super pics Kelly of a beautiful Fritillary. FAB

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Your butterfly photos are so great. I'm having such trouble getting a crisp photo--probably need to fix the shutter speed a bit. So glad you are seeing more of them, too. I was beginning to think the whole summer would pass up here without their colorful fluttering.

DaveABirding said...

Nice shots, but what a mouthful! Between the butterfly and bee balm that is quite a tongue twister.

Larry said...

I like the side views you took of that beauty.I need to think more outside the box when taking photos. Nicely done!

dAwN said...

Gorgeous photos Kelly! just lovely!

forestal said...

Amazing pictures. I just love the colors

dan

Heather said...

Magnificent and captivating! I love the first and second shots, with that greenish coloring showing on the underside of the wings.

JKoenig said...

Very lovely!!

Gabrielle said...

As always, I come to your blog in anticipation of the nature treats you have found for us each day and today is a goodie. Thanks!

Dave Lewis said...

Yeah! Butterflies From Behind! The idea will take over the world!

Tabib said...

Beautiful macro shots.

Elaine said...

Absolutely gorgeous shots!

NatureStop said...

What a beauty! Great captures!

Anna said...

Wow Kelly these are amazing captures. Love the contrast between the yellow and green background. Anna :)

Born Again Bird Watcher said...

Superb! I especially like the perspectives you chose to capture the overall butterfly and not just the wings.

Mary said...

Beautiful sunlit butterfly! Definitely have to visit this park! Bergamot...is that the stuff in Earl Gray tea?

Moria said...

Wow, what a gorgeous butterfly and superb captures. It's neat to see the butterflies that we don't get down here in Texas. Thanks for the great post!

Kelly said...

Thanks, everyone. It's fun to play with the camera and catch different poses (easier to do with a butterfly than a bird).

Mary asked if the flower was the same kind used in Earl Grey tea...yes, it is! I was going to put that in the post too, but I forgot! :-)