Chocolate Sailors Come Hailin’

Posted: April 4, 2009 in butterflies, macro photography
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Note on photo: The chocolate sailors are in town.  Or… at least only 1.  And it 'flirted' here and it 'flirted' there…and was so friggin skittish, I almost gave it an equal score with the Commander.   

Note on photo: What a beautiful colour.  Chocolate is so appropriate.  It looks more palatable than the dry looking chocolate pansy.












Note on weird spider: … see those two knobblies with the whitish substance around them on the heart shaped white shell… those things were moving around in a very weird circular motion…. it's FREAKY.

Note on photo: I went back into the brush to look for the Judy.  And was surprised to find a nice neat path made by Gandalf the Grey (as explained by the Big Twin).  Judy was back in the place where I first saw her.  She shyly disappeared.  I went back out.  Came back in some time later and there she was again. 

Note on photo: And she let me flash her sometimes.  Sometimes not.  This time I was much closer.  But still not enough to make this a shot to be satisfied with.  Although I don't think I'll forget setting my monopod in front of her and her staying in this postion for more than a few minutes.  A thing to remember for a long looong time.

















Note on photo: I am so in love with the Judy's topside.  It glints purple at some angles but it's almost impossible to get a photo of the topside as she wouldn't open them all the way and she wouldn't stop turning either.

Note on photo:  The blue jays reminded me of the twins.  Identical and single-mindedly concentrating on the same thing at the same time.  Here they are puddling furiously in different spots.

















Note on photo (below): This is a once in a lifetime WASTE of a chance to nail the 5 bar.  Nobody got to shoot the 5 bar in this pose today.  Except me.  And I blew it with the wrong flash settings.


















Note on photo: This tailed jay was taken from f-f-f-f-f-f-f-fffaaaaarrrrrrrr faaarrrrrrrrrr farrrrrrrr far far far FAR! away.  Because it refused to keep still and I was tired of wearing my elbows out on the ground.

Note on photo: Finally.  The elusive tawny palmfly was the tamest I ever saw it today.  We trudged and wobbled all around it and it didn't care very much at all.

Note on Chocolate Pansy photos below:  We couldn't figure out whether this was a chocolate pansy.  Because it looked too big… was too light coloured… and just didn't seem to fly very much like a chocolate pansy (kept circling two spots and coming back again.  So odd)



























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  1. Lauri says:

    I just love being allowed to live vicariously through you. Photos are excellent, notes are so much fun! 🙂

  2. Oh, Butterflyeffect, you have such delicious little gems of newsy stuff sprinkled amidst your dynamite photos!
    I LOVED your conversation with the Irritating Guy.
    Wedding photos??? You'll be great.

  3. Hopefully Irritating Guy learnt his lesson 🙂
    Wedding photos will be too stressful! 🙂

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