Macro Monday: the zebra longwing and the tiger longwing butterflies

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Today I’m taking part in the Macro Monday photo challenge. You can click on each photo for a larger view. If you like what you see, I encourage you to subscribe so you can enjoy the new photos I post a few times a week.

I recently visited the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Butterfly jungle, which is always a fun event as you hope that butterflies will land directly on you. One of my kids was lucky enough to have that happen to him, as a blue morpho landed right on top of his head. We also managed to get a zebra longwing butterfly on our fingers as we passed it around from one person to the other.

Here are a few close-ups of two butterflies out of the many we saw. The others wouldn’t sit still for a picture. Even then the photos I took are a bit blurry, probably because I couldn’t stand still myself. The first is a tiger longwing butterfly, with black and white stripes on top of its wings, and black and orange stripes underneath.

Tiger longwing butterfly
Tiger longwing butterfly

The second is the zebra longwing butterfly, first with its black and white striped wings spread out wide open, and next with its wings closed, so you can see a few red dots underneath the wings. It was a fun experience for sure. Well, if you like butterflies.

Zebra longwing butterfly with striped wings
Zebra longwing butterfly with striped wings

 

Zebra longwing butterfly with red dots underneath its wings
Zebra longwing butterfly with red dots underneath its wings

 

Macro Monday: my first zebra swallowtail butterfly

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I’m back! Well, the truth is, I came back from our East Coast trip a couple of weeks ago but I’ve been spending the past few weeks catching up on work projects, chasing new ones, and taking care of a few pressing matters. I haven’t even gone through all the photos I took during our trip, and believe me, I’ve got my work cut out! So I’ll be sharing the beautiful sights I saw with my own eyes while visiting Washington D.C, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia over the next few weeks. Or many months, seeing how many pictures I took!

Today I’m taking part in the Macro Monday photo challenge. You can click on each photo for a larger view. If you like what you see, I encourage you to subscribe so you can enjoy the new photos I post a few times a week.

This is the first time I’ve seen a zebra swallowtail butterfly and I had to travel 3000 miles to do that. We have some tiger swallowtail butterflies here though. This zebra swallowtail was flying a lot more than he was stopping, so I had to chase it on foot for a while until I managed to take these few pictures. By the way, you’ll notice he’s missing part of his tail.

I took these pictures while visiting Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s beautiful home and estate near Charlottesville, Virginia. If you haven’t been, it’s worth the visit. One of my favorite places in Virginia by far.

Macro Monday: my first zebra swallowtail butterfly
Macro Monday: my first zebra swallowtail butterfly
Close-up of a zebra swallowtail butterfly
Close-up of a zebra swallowtail butterfly
Zebra swallowtail butterfly on yellow buttercup
Zebra swallowtail butterfly on yellow buttercup

Macro Monday: the feet of the American coot

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At first sight, the American coot looks like a duck. It’s shaped like a duck, including its head and bill. It spends a lot of time on the water, and it hangs around other ducks. But the American coot is actually a hen, and the dead giveaway is the absence of webbed feet.

Macro Monday: the American coot
Macro Monday: the American coot

Now, if you ask me, this bird looks nothing like a hen, even with non-webbed feet. I’ll let you take a closer look at the feet of the American coot. Technically, they have “lobbed toes”, which allow them to not only swim but also walk well on uneven ground.

Paddle feet / lobbed toes of an American coot
Paddle feet / lobbed toes of an American coot

To me, the American coot looks like it has paddle feet so it can be good at swimming and walking. Can you imagine if your toes were shaped like this?

Close-up of the lobbed toes of an American coot
Close-up of the lobbed toes of an American coot

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: the color orange

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Today I’m participating in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge and her theme is “the color orange”. I encourage you to click on each photo to see a larger view. If you like what you see, please subscribe to this blog to receive updates of the new photos I post, usually 3 to 5 times a week.

I photographed these bright orange California poppies yesterday and I thought they would be a great match for this week’s colorful theme.

Orange poppies are the official state flower of California. You can see them on the side of many freeways as you drive. The ones I saw yesterday are a cultivated type of orange poppy, and a little different from the native state flower. They bloom in the late winter and don’t last long so it’s a great idea to snap a few photos while you can.

I hope you enjoy this burst of orange today.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: the color orange - California poppies
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: the color orange – California poppies
Orange poppy flower
Orange poppy flower
Close-up of an orange poppy bloom
Close-up of an orange poppy bloom

Macro Monday: bees on lavender flowers

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Earlier today I got the chance to photograph very busy bees on large lavender blooms. With our recent (ridiculously) warm weather, we’re starting to see flowers blooming here and there. The bees are loving it and keeping busy collecting nectar and flying from flower to flower. I couldn’t resist taking a few pictures of these bees on lavender flowers when I walked out. A lot of them came out blurry but a few of them are nice enough to share here. Enjoy!

Macro Monday: bees on lavender flowers
Macro Monday: bees on lavender flowers
Bee collecting nectar on a lavender bloom
Bee collecting nectar on a lavender bloom
Close-up of a bee on a lavender flower
Close-up of a bee on a lavender flower