52 Weeks Of Donna's Life

Donna's Photo Challenge

5. Butterflies And / Or Bees


Monarch Butterfly on Tickseed Sunflower

Monarch butterfly on tickseed sunflower

My husband and I recently took a Road Scholar trip to Amelia and Cumberland Islands including a trip to the Okefenokee Swamp. Our day trip to the swamp included a boat ride into the swamp to view the flora and fauna. It was a gorgeous morning with bright sun as our “swamper”, the native guide who escorted us and narrated, took us through the channels amongst water lilies and tickseed sunflowers. Oh, yes, there was an occasional alligator. A huge clump of tickseed sunflowers was attracting quite a few butterflies. This particular Monarch was fluttering around these and feasting. If you look closely, it appears to have had a tear in its wing but was still able to fly proficiently.

Bee crawling on stamen of pond lily

Bee crawling on stamen of pond lily

A few feet away was this very large pond lily with a bee in the midst of its yellow stamen.

Using my 100-400mm lens I was able to capture these and quite a few birds along the way.


Author: donnagf1

An enthusiastic amateur photographer, I enjoy picturing the events, people, animals and things in my life. And so joining in the "52 Week Challenge" of interpreting life through a lens sounds as if it will be a lot of fun -- presenting my view through the lens and seeing how others in our photography group interpret their views concerning a given subject.

13 thoughts on “5. Butterflies And / Or Bees

  1. I am always amazed to see a butterfly captured on lens, as they are so elusive. These are beautiful shots 🙂

  2. Wow, Donna, you sure captured the theme in these two photos. Good job! I don’t know which one I favor so I’ll label both of them #1.

  3. They are both gorgeous shots but there’s something about that bee photo, I don’t know what it is but I like looking at it.

  4. Thank you for the kind remarks —

  5. Great captures! Love the detail of the bee on the stamen.

  6. Really enjoyed taking these pics — thank you for the kind comments.

  7. Beautiful captures! The Monarch is such a stunning butterfly, my favorite of all!

  8. Thank you — the Monarch is a showy butterfly — and always a challenge to capture (with a camera).

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