There is a B&B owner in Americus, Georgia (I highly recommend her B&B, by the way) who takes photos of wildlife around her B&B - butterflies and other insects. She then posts them on Facebook. I have come close to envying her skills, because pictures of wildlife elude me.
I don't have the patience, and I don't have the reflexes. I also have an iPhone which is cyberbursting with photos - meaning that, at the most inappropriate times, I run out of space.
Like today, at the community garden we garden at in Binghamton, New York. Spouse was planting, and I was picking beans. We ended our chores, and spouse was cutting some zinnias for our dinner table, when along fluttered this butterfly. I had my iPhone on me, whipped it out - and no room for a picture.
Deletedeletedelete. Still no room.
Reboot. while my spouse smiled and shook his head (after 42 years of marriage, he knows better than to say anything.)
The butterfly, in the meantime, fluttered all around the zinnia patch, stopping here and there to feed, waiting for my phone to reboot.
Finally it had room, and I got the first picture before I ran out of room again. Deletedeletedelete, and I got one more before she flew off (I THINK it was a she-see below.) Thank you, my patient friend. At least I got a picture of one wing.
I only have one question. What kind of butterfly was it? It looked like a yellow monarch, sort of.
You see, I know next to nothing about butterflies. As far as I can tell, after some research, it may be an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.
In size, I would say it is close to the size of a monarch, one of the few butterflies I do know. And, from my memories of the tail area, I don't think it had the color spots of a male.
If you can tell me anything more about my not-elusive butterfly, I'd love to hear from you.
I wanted to finish by sharing a recipe from the owner's blog - she, incidentally, is a fantastic cook, and, since she follows a gulten free diet, she can easy accommodate gluten free guests.
I just wish she could teach me wildlife photography.