29 October 2013

... on Golden Sedums


Australian Painted Lady, an 'urban' butterfly that migrates from N.S.W. in great numbers in spring, moving on a front that extends for about 580 km inland from the coast. (Aust. Museum).  That's 360 miles!  I had no idea butterflies achieved this; no wonder some might look a little tattered.

On the weekend, I was surprised to find quite a lot of these butterflies hovering over an edging border of flowering Golden Sedums.   I don't know how butterfly bloggers manage their lovely macro shots, cause whenever I tried to get closer to them, they'd shift camp.



Trying to get a photo while the wings were open was next to impossible too, they seemed to only open them momentarily, and then closed again..



The Australian Museum website here reports that in 1889, this butterfly migrated in such great numbers that they blackened the sky.  Trains were unable to get traction because of them resting on the tracks!  

18 comments:

Rajesh said...

Beautiful and colorful butterflies.

Our photos said...

You have make beautiful photos!
Greetings, RW & SK

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Carole You did well to photograph it at all! It is very difficult to shot as you say.

Joop Zand said...

Lovely colors and very good photographed.....well done Carole.

Greetings, Joop

eileeninmd said...

Very pretty butterfly. Lovely images, Carole!

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Marvelous photos of this beautiful butterfly and the Golden Sedums. I have the same problem, when I come to close, the butterfly is moving...
Best regards, Synnöve

Dianne said...

A gorgeous capture Carole .... magic !

Myriam said...

Wunderschöne Fotos, da macht das Anschauen große Ffeude und daher komme ich sicherlich wieder vorbei :-)
Internette Grüße
Myriam

MastHoliday said...

Superb captures!! love the photos..

TexWisGirl said...

just beautiful on the yellow blooms. so pretty!

Montanagirl said...

Butterflies can be a challenge to photograph. You captured these beautifully!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Wonderful photos of the butterfly and golden sedum, Carol! You did well to get them.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Butterflies are extremely difficult to photograph as you say. My only luck lay with using a telephoto at distance giving them some space rather than moving in close with the macro lens. These are superb shots.

Carole M. said...

thanks all for your comments, and to John (Sinbad ...) that's what I had to do, step back and use the zoom

Lisa Gordon said...

Carole, these are just beautiful.

Brian King said...

Oh, gorgeous shots, Carole! The colors are fantastic!

Jeanne said...

Well I think that you did an awesome job on this beautiful butter fly. I especially love that first shot Carole. I think that it is very hard to photograph butterflies. I have been to two butterfly shows or gardens, and seemed as if everytime I looked at one it was fluttering much faster than I could move my lens. These are lovely though.

Adrienne W said...

Absolutely stunning!