A gift to me from Mother Nature, or at least that's how it felt.
DP206-2013 Posted July 25; processed ditto.
Raindrops were just beginning to fall (a prelude to a deluge, though I didn't know it then). I was about to head back to the car after photographing wildflowers in a wetlands meadow when I saw this giant swallowtail butterfly (Papilio cresphontes). It was fairly near, and not moving as rapidly from one blossom to the next as others of the species I've seen, so I was able to get a few shots before dashing for the car.
Hidden Lake Gardens, Michigan
July 23, 2013 - arctangent's Photos
I'm hoping to use this gallery to challenge myself to learn something every day about seeing the world, photographing it, expressing myself through photos, and enjoying the works of other photographers. It will test my self-discipline. I won't even pretend that I'll take a picture every single day, but I will try to process one each day. Critiques are welcomed, and even encouraged. If you make a suggestion for altering one of my posts, to this or any other gallery, and I can act on it (short of retaking the shot), I'll try to respond and post the altered versions in a new 'Take Your Pick' gallery here: http://arctangent.smugmug.com/Photography/Take-Your-Pick/27975689_qs5bJs