Last week I went to Waubonsie State Park and photographed butterflies. I saw a lot of Henry’s elfin, and got some pretty good photos of them. I also saw a lot of zebra swallowtails and took a lot of terrible photos of that species. They did not sit down for me.
So yesterday I thought I would try again with the zebras. The butterfly fauna on the wing has changed in just a week. Unlike last week, I saw several flying while I was driving. I never know for sure, but I think they were red admirals. Henry’s elfins did not seem to be out. I did see a couple of small black butterflies chasing each other, and I assumed they were Henry’s. One sat down briefly and I took its picture, but did not look at it closely. It flew off before I could get another shot. When I looked at my pictures after I got back home, I saw that it clearly was not an elfin–it was a skipper. I think it was a northern cloudy-wing, but I am not sure I can say that for sure from this angle.
I watched the zebra swallowtails again this time. I did see them nectaring this time, and also sitting on the ground. I was able to get a somewhat better picture this time.
This is a lot better photo than I got last week. It is still not a drop the mic, do a little dance, quality picture. But maybe I will get that later.
Success is not easy, and sometimes it is measured in small increments. This is not what I was shooting for, but I will take it.
A small success is still a success.