Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Beauty


I was looking through my photo archives recently and came across many spring and summer images that I had never posted before. I hope these colorful photographs brighten your day!

~ Identification corrections are always welcome ~


The beauty of a Common Checkered Skipper



A pretty Viceroy Butterfly delights in wildflower blossoms



The stunning wing pattern of a Common Buckeye



A large Black and Yellow Argiope wraps its prey



An American Painted Lady explores wildflower blooms



A pollen dusted American Hover Fly sits atop golden flowers



An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is attracted to the bright purple blossoms of the Tall Ironweed plant



A Hickory Tussock Caterpillar inches along the edge of a leaf



A Great Spangled Fritillary alits upon Butterfly Milkweed



A Calico Pennant Dragonfly perches upon lush green ground cover



A lovely Monarch Butterfly lands in a field of golden flowers



Dew drops on a stray downy feather


49 comments:

Joop Zand said...

Very nice pictures Julie....i like the colors so much.

Greetings from Holland, Joop

Lasse said...

Wonderful Julie !

Marco Alpha said...

Hello Julie,
What is this great!!! So amazing to see these beautiful and special butterflies. Fantastic with the brightly colors.
I love them so much. You brings the spring in my house with all these shots!! Wonderful!!

Many greetings,
Marco

Digi-Irma said...

Beautiful pictures Julie, the butterflies and the spider are really great.
Greetings Irma

Kerri said...

Oh WOW.....These are Marvelous! Isn't it fun to have a dose of summer in the winter :)
LOVE these shots!

RVDaalen said...

Wow stunning photos of the butterflies...really beautiful colours and sharpness.

Thanks for sharing!


Greetz,

Remco

JRandSue said...

Every image looks like a work of Art.
Superb collection.
John.

Debbie said...

oh julie, i love when you update!! these images are stunning, each one better then the next.

i adore butterflies, i have one tattooed on my foot!!

PrairieBirder said...

Beautiful photographs, Julie! The Black and Yellow Argiope is my favorite photo, the colors are so vibrant!

TexWisGirl said...

wow, julie! every single image is spectacular! i do wish you would/could post more often! you are amazing! (but i hope the home building is going well!)

Bets said...

Hello Julie
What a very beautiful blog. The colors are very good and i love all the photo's.
Greetings Bets

moonlight said...

incredible pictures, they brighten my upseting afternoon...

nic.b van es said...

Heerlijke tijd dat alles weer om je heen dartelt,het vrolijkt je gewoon op als je dit ziet.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

These are all so beautiful. You have posted them at just the right time.I so need to see summer pictures and think warm weather. Your pictures have brought me to that place,if only in my mind.

Horst in Edmonton said...

Beautiful images of these beautiful creatures. It takes a special person and lots of patients to take such great photos as these. Well done Julie.

beverlyeversonphoto said...

Gorgeous images, Julie! I especially love the first one. Your work is always spectacular!

Ellie said...

Wonderful pictures Julie, these butterflies are really gorgeous. :)

Bob Bushell said...

That is one of the best, beautiful butterflies, dragonflies and the flies. Simply, it is time we can go out and catch others than birds. Brilliant Julie.

eileeninmd said...

Julie, seeing all the beautiful colors and butterflies brightens my day. Gorgeous photos!

Jim Braswell said...

Awesome pix, Julie! Quite lovely :o)

Larry Ostby said...

What a splendid series of photos. For me, you accomplished your purpose. My day was most definitely brightened. Thank you.

Annula Fotografie said...

What a great series all gems and diamonds!! TOP
Thanks for your show.
regards, Annie
http://anniezon.blogspot.nl/

stardust said...

Each and every image is so clear, sharp, and beautiful as always, Julie. The butterflies are fascinating and the spider magical but my favorite is the dragonfly. You successfully brightened my day!

Yoko

John's Island said...

Hi Julie, I was so happy to see a new post on your blog, clicked on it, and when it opened up the first thought in my mind ... "Oh My!" Yes, it is that wonderful. And your title is perfect. These are absolutely wonderful shots, so delicate in focus, and so carefully composed. This is the first time I recall butterfly photos from you. They are amazing! Julie, your photography has been such an inspiration for me and it continues to be so. I can't wait for some spring weather to get out and try some shots similar to what you have posted here. The person right above me in the comments said, "You successfully brightened my day." Let me second that! :-) Thank you for sharing! John

Rebecca said...

Beautiful photos (warmed me up a little on this cold evening)!
I am always excited when a garden spider chooses my garden to make its home :)

Grandma Becky said...

I loved all the butterflies on this post. I've photographed a few different versions of them myself, since I'm in Oregon. It will be nice to be out and about in the spring. There's so much beauty out there! keep up the great work!

subranar said...

Excellent pictures Julie...eagerly awaiting for Spring to arrive!

Mia McPherson said...

These beautiful images sure brightened my day! Spring seems distant but I know it won't be long before the snow here disappears and the arrival of spring is upon us.

MoiCLouLou said...

Beautiful post Julie! What a great idea you had to give us some wonderful colors during this month of February...
The butterflies are simply wonderful and the other insects too. I would have a hard time figuring out which one I like the most!
Thank you for sharing and thank you for your comment on my blog, it is always a pleasure for me.
Have a great weekend,
Louise

Maria said...

This variety is great for the soul!

Tammy said...

Hi Julie, these are amazing images! I enjoyed each and every one! The bright and beautiful colors and exquisite detail certainly brightened the day! Thanks for sharing!

Guy said...

Hi Julie

I can only add to the comments agreeing that these beautiful photos have brightened my day. The photos of the Argiope and the Checkered Skipper have inspired me to try to improve my own insects photography. Thanks for sharing these images with us I always leave your blog the better for my visit.

Guy

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Julie,
Thanks for your visit and comment and what a pleasure to visit you here (was at the hospital when you posted this)! Lovely photos, my husband also enjoyed viewing them with me. We don't have the joy of spring yet as we have for the 2nd time our workshop flooded and need to run the wet vac and still mopping up... We will replace our gutters for wider ones and more pipes going down so it will not spill over as much.
Hugs to you,
Mariette

Gillian Olson said...

Absolutely amazing pictures, the dragon fly and the dew on the downy feather are my favorites, although give me a minute and I'll change my mind.

lis said...

Um trabalho lindo!
Não sei como consegues pegar borboletas que voam pra lá e pra cá o tempo todo !
Parabens , tudo lindo!

Ricardo Torres Pollan said...

Really wonderful I love the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and the monarch butterfly Congratulations from Spain !

Cindy said...

Amazing captures!!

Friend of HK said...

Beautiful creatures and excellent photography!

Rohrerbot said...

Julie, these are all so lovely. The colors are brilliant. The butterflies are starting to come back here and I look forward to a little warming up...although not too much:)

Pam ;) said...

I love your colorful butterfly images Julie. We are lucky to enjoy them thru-out the year here in south Florida.

Have a great week.

Catherine said...

Mother Nature is truly the best artist isn't she? Awesome photos Julie!
xo Catherine

Weekend Cowgirl said...

These are ALL amazing. Such beautiful photography! I am so ready for summer!

Julie Hargreaves said...

Great photos Julie the butterflies are just amazing

Stewart M said...

Hi there - this is my first visit to your blog - and it wont be my last. Great pictures.

If you have any interest in such things you would be welcome to link your bird posts to Wild Bird Wednesday (WBW) which is a linky that runs on my blog each Wednesday (!)

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Juliana said...

aww...wonderful collection!

Happy Women's Day!

xoxo, Juliana | PJ’ Happies :) | PJ’ Ecoproject

Rosemary Aubut said...

Magnificent photos! Loved them all!

Kerry said...

Really nice set of Macros Love them.

Derek & Chris Thomas said...

A fabulous series of photographs!

Weekend Cowgirl said...

The Wood Duck photo is so crisp and perfect!!!!!