Monarch on Echinacea

A beautiful Monarch butterfly peacefully feeding on the bloom of Echinacea "Sundown" in my garden.

A beautiful Monarch butterfly peacefully feeding on the bloom of Echinacea "Sundown" in my garden.
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lisawills January 27, 2017
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lisawills January 27, 2017
i love your bird and butterfly pictures amazing clear colour's
Arzhtatiana March 26, 2017
Nice capture!
Tanya333 March 27, 2017
Thanks for the wonderful feedback!
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Eduardbetz September 24, 2018
I like the lead in to the butterfly through the out of focused flowers in the foreground. It is a well crafted image with beautiful colors too.
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RickL March 09, 2020
Beautiful macro photography,great composition
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Behind The Lens

This shot was taken in my garden with my first digital camera (Hewlett-Packard) back in 2007. It was my first attempt at wildlife photography and have been hooked ever since.
I was just learning about photography at the time. I have extensive gardens and love to walk along the pathways with my camera. I spotted this beautiful Monarch on my Echinacea and it did not seem very concerned with my presence which allowed me to experiment with different angles and distances.
This shot was taken in July at 5:20 p.m. My backyard has lots of mature trees so the light was soft and warm.
Hewlett-Packard HP Photosmart C850. F3.1, 1/172 sec, ISO-200. This was handheld, no flash.
I love my gardens and all that come to visit it. It is always exciting to capture a moment in time with these beautiful creatures.
No major post-processing. Just cropped it slightly for composition.
In my camera bag
Most of my shots are taken in my backyard with my main focus as song birds these days. Most of my equipment is Canon now and I have a telephoto lens which I use with a tripod and blind so I can get close to my subjects without upsetting them.
For insects my main advise is to spend some time observing. Most have a favourite flower they like to rest on. Once you figure that out, go and sit quietly in that area and wait for them to return. Chasing them around the garden rarely works. I got lucky with this shot!

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