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.
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.