” You’re a Butterfly …

…  and butterflies are free to fly,

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            … fly away, high away, bye bye ”  

                                                                                                           Sir Elton

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Butterflies are beautiful flying insects with large scaly wings. Like all insects, they have six jointed legs, 3 body parts, a pair of antennae, compound eyes, and an exoskeleton. The three body parts are the head, thorax (the chest), and abdomen (the tail end).

The butterfly’s body is covered by tiny sensory hairs. The four wings and the six legs of the butterfly are attached to the thorax. The thorax contains the muscles that make the legs and wings move. wiki

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The average adult butterfly lives for only two weeks.  As adults, butterflies have two basic jobs: to eat and reproduce. Butterflies are “cold-blooded” which really means that they do not generate enough heat from their own metabolism to provide them with the heat and energy they need to fly. Therefore, butterflies rely on heat absorbed from the sun.  They eat by sipping liquids, most often nectar, through their proboscis. A butterfly’s proboscis can be found curled neatly on the lower side of the head when the butterfly is not eating. When a butterfly does eat, the proboscis is extended through hydrostatic pressure into a relatively straight “straw” which it can then insert into the deep tubes of a flower in order to sip the nectar.

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This is my second month taking an on-line course with photographer Anne McKinnell.  Anne is a stunning photographer whose main interest lies in capturing the beauty of landscapes. I have been following her for over a year now, and jumped at the chance to join in on one of her classes. Last month we concentrated on the weather, and how to portray it. This month it is all about the critters that crawl or fly. If anything were to crawl, you’d better believe I’m not in the same room, soooo, I went to the Peggy Notebart Museum to shoot the butterflies.

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drinking the nectar of the gods ….

This was a fun assignment, I love shooting something new and out of my ordinary. I will be critiqued by Anne and the other students, then I will reshoot with the C&C in mind. The class is small and Anne is very hands on, the reason I decided to sign up.

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This last photo is the one I admitted to the forum. I like it for a couple  reasons. 1) I love the soothing color scheme, brown is beautiful … and 2) I love the shallow depth of field that draws your eye right to the eye of the butterfly. Simplicity is key in this image. It looks as if Madame Butterfly is stepping out tonight, and ready to spread her wings…

 

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14 thoughts on “” You’re a Butterfly …

  1. Fly away Peter, fly away Paul, come back Peter, come back Paul…You trigger the senses and jolt the memory, you are metamorphosing!

  2. Love the up close shots of the butterflies. I am always busy looking at the colored wings. The are beautiful creatures. Thanks for the up close look.

  3. Michelle, Don’t even think of stopping. Your photo’s are amazing. You have successfully “metamorphosed”(?) what life and nature has to show. All the while adding a wonderful element of what it takes to do so. Thanks, Sandy Ouradnik

    On Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 2:01 PM, 5 Days Ago ..

    • Wow!!!!!!! I am at a lost for words a first! Stunning pictures Michelle you can almost touch the critters1

  4. These shots are gorgeous! I’m so glad you are taking that class. Never seen such beauty in butterflies as you have captured in your shots.

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