Another Day, Another Butterfly

I did some butterfly chasing this afternoon and got a photograph of this painted lady, Vanessa cardui.   Painted ladies can be very common but there aren’t so many right now.

Butterfly photography, at least the way I do it, requires a great deal of stalking.  In order to get a good picture I get within a foot or even six inches from the butterfly.  I have to move very slowly in order to avoid spooking them.  Right now one of the big obstacles is that there are a number of tiny grasshoppers which I spook.  The grasshoppers have jumped right into a butterfly I was stalking on more than one occasion.  Then all that slow movement goes to waste.

I have similar issues with my dog.



About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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