Archive for the ‘Black Swallowtail’ Tag

Black Swallowtail Butterfly   3 comments

Black Swallowtail (08/29/14) — Images by kenne

year twenty-twenty
a year not soon forgotten
crawl on our bellies

— kenne

Swallowtail Silhouette — Photo-Artistry   1 comment

SCVN Nature Walk 08-15-12, Marshall GulchSwallowtail Silhouette — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Darkness out of light
A winged shadow on thistle
Flight into darkness.

— kenne

Black Swallowtail Photo Essay– Signs of Spring   7 comments

Black Swallowtail Photo Essay– Signs of Spring by kenne (Tohono Chul, Tucson AZ, February 24, 2018) 

Desert springtime, with flowers popping up all over the place, trees leafing out, streams gushing down from the mountains. Great time of year for hiking, camping, exploring, sleeping under the new moon and the old stars. At dawn and at evening we hear the coyotes howling with excitement—mating season.

— Edward Abbey

Pipevine Swallowtail After A Desert Shower   Leave a comment

Black Swallowtail (1 of 1) blog

Black Swallowtail (1 of 1)-3 blogPipevine Swallowtail After A Desert Shower — Image by kenne

Swallowtail in black

Hanging on after the rain

Soon to dry and fly.


Capturing The Moment — Butterflies Are Few   Leave a comment

Photographing butterflies this summer has been difficult. The few that are around are skipping from plant to plant, not taking time to stop.

While hiking on Mt. Lemmon yesterday, I kept and eye out for butterflies.  I tried photographing a black swallowtail, the only one I saw, in flight with no success. My only success came when I spotted a painted lady butterfly, stopping just long enough for the following images to be captured.


Happiness is a butterfly,
which when pursued,
is always just beyond your grasp,
but which,
if you will sit down quietly,
may alight upon you.

— Nathaniel Hawthorne

Images by kenne (Click on any of the images to see a slide show.)
If you enjoy these images, let me know.

Capturing The Moment — Butterflies In Flight   1 comment

Black Swallowtail In Flight — Image by kenne

As we move more into spring, many butterflies are flying and being recorded by many naturalists. However, trying to photograph them can be difficult. It’s as if each butterfly is trying out his wings by flittering around without stopping. As I started to get frustrated watching them flying around, I decided to try photographing them in flight, which can be tricky not always knowing what the automatic-focus would focus on when zooming in on the butterfly. These two photos represent my best tries. Admittedly, if I was staying in one place and not out hiking, I might have better results.


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