This month my plans fell through. I had planned to go down to Fairfield Gardens in Miami. However, the weather predicted rain and I did not want to drive 1.5 hours and then walk around gardens in the rain. Then the actual outing I was going to was cancelled and to be honest I have felt tired lately, and decided to just take a walk locally. So I pulled out the Macro lens and went to the park very close to my home. At the entrance to the nature trail they have a Butterfly garden. This is where a spent a bit of time.
The Mockingbird is the state bird of Florida, and they tend to sing endlessly. Today there were a few flying around. It is spring in Florida and birds are singing and mating and laying eggs. We have a mockingbird in our garden and every so often I wonder if it will ever tire out it’s voice box.
I love Butterflies but they are really hard to photograph. They never stop for too long and it take a lot of patience to wait for one to do so. Below is a Zebra Longwing Butterfly.
Bees are another insect that is hard to photograph. They are always so busy flying from one plant to the next. You have to catch them when they are gorging on the nectar or collecting pollen.
Butterfly gardens are full of plants that attract these insects to them. It is always so nice to sit back and watch them hover around. I would love to plant a butterfly garden in my back yard
The Cassius Blues (Leptotes cassius) is a minute little butterfly that flits from plant to plant.
This Bee really got it’s head well into the plant. I was interested in why Bees need nectar or pollen. Interestingly nectar provides an energy source while pollen provides protein and fats. I did not know that.
Butterflies are such delicate insects. Quite often they look quite raggedy by end of their life cycle. This butterfly has a big chunk out of it’s wing as you will see in the second image.
Another Mockingbird flitted into the trees. They seemed to be out in abundance this day.
Last image is again of the Cassius Blues (Leptotes cassius). I feel like these butterflies are not much bigger than my a 50 cents piece.
“Life is short. If you doubt me, ask a butterfly. Their average life span is a mere five to fourteen days.”
~ Ellen DeGeneres, The Funny Thing is …..
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I love taking walks with you and today was no different. My favorite it the last image of the butterfly. Great DOF and love the blue spots!
Thank you Renee. That Butterfly was so tiny and had a lot of energy. Patience is really needed to capture these guys.
Beautiful images! Those butterflies and bees can be so tricky to capture, but you managed to grab so many lovely shots. I do love that first image of the mockingbird best, though, because you managed to capture it in midsong, and these days, all they seem to do is sing.
Thanks Janelle – we have a mockingbird in our back garden. It does not stop. I keep thinking it will run out of energy but it doesn’t.
I agree with you that butterfly’s are hard to shoot but you did a great job.. the photos are beautiful Sharleen… Love the bee and the birds..!
Thanks so much Sharon.
stunning photography. love the colors!
Thank you Kelly.
Great job with captures those little critters! Your photos turned out beautifully!
Thank you Lisa. Those critters are great when they stop for a minute.