Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Morning in the Garden

Gulf Fritillary on Jatropha Integerrima
June 2010

"How does one become a butterfly?” she asked. ”You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”
--Trina Paulus

I spent the holiday weekend doing two of my favorite things: paddling and gardening. The jatropha and firebush are flush with the color of fire in my yard. This morning, before I'd even finished my coffee, I wandered among my shoulder-high blooming shrubs chasing butterflies. What a way to start the day!

Zebra Longwings, Sulphurs and these two Gulf Fritillaries fluttered between the bushes, lighting long enough for a shot or two, then taking off to the next blossom. It was dizzying to watch them, much less let alone photograph them. I kept moving from spot to spot, intent on the pursuit. Bees joined the swarm as the sunlight warmed the air, their legs laden with pollen. Around and around we went, butterflies, bees, human and an ancient old cat, doing circles around the garden.

The Longwings and Sulphurs proved most elusive. Such is the way of it, I suppose. I've many shots of Gulf Fritillaries in my collection; the others, not so much. And I wanted them! Oh, how I wanted them, but it was not to be. My cat and I eventually gave up the chase and headed indoors to cooler air.

After all...tomorrow is another day.

Nikon D2x, 80-400mm VR, pretty early morning light

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