I spent most of this Fourth of July relaxing and processing images. I took my wife out this afternoon and got something to eat. After the food digested I decided it would be a good idea to go to the gym and work off some calories. And on the way home I would stop at a nearby park.
Cypress park was where I took the last Gulf Fritillary image that I posted recently to this blog. It’s a small park, but has plenty of dragonflies and several species of butterflies, including White Peacocks and Zebras along with the colorful Gulf Frittilary.
When I got there I went to the small wooded glen where I’d gotten my previous butterfly photos. Not much was happening there. A couple dragonflies,but they weren’t particularly cooperative. They just wanted to tease their photographer and not sit for their portrait.
So after about twenty minutes of more or less no action, I decided to go to a long strip of land that runs along side the canal bordering the park. Plenty of sticks for dragonflies to land on, and on the way there, there’s bushes with various flowers, including the butterfly’s favorite, candy corn plant. All kinds of butterflies love to suck its nectar.
As I walked by the bushes, I saw him. He was fluttering about, as wild butterflies love to do, but I sensed he was going to make some stops along the way. I followed him around the bushes until he settled down. The pink/red background you see is the cedar chips on the ground surrounding the bushes.
I finally got a shot like I wanted. I never could seem to get him with his wings open. And the background came out nice. I wound up throwing out a lot of shots, but the keepers are worth having. It’s just a matter of going out with the attitude that I’m going to capture something amazing, and persisting until I get something good. If you do that, you probably won’t come home empty handed.