Thursday, August 6, 2009

In the Yard...

We had some gorgeous weather the beginning of the week. All of our butterfly bushes, bee balm, echinacea and rudbeckia are blooming. Walking outside, the air was alive with buzzing and fluttering. I grabbed my camera, of course.

There were three tiger swallowtails enjoying the white butterfly bush. I must have taken six pictures of this one before it stood still long enough for a clear shot.

tiger swallowtail

I guess I enjoy the challenge of moving subjects. I liked the way this photo came out. Click on the picture to get a larger view on my Flickr page. It's worth it.

bee

These next to pictures are a victory for me. They were the only two shots I got of a clearwing hummingbird moth before it flew off. In all the years I've lived here, this is only the second time I've seen a hummingbird moth. I suppose I should thank my neighbor. He said something was eating his tomato plants this year.

As its name implies, it flies like a hummingbird, wings moving so fast they are a blur. The first time I saw one, I thought it was a hummingbird, until I noticed the antennae. Hummingbird moths come out during the day.

hummingbird moth

I've said it before, my camera is amazing. I didn't really see the wings until I looked at my pictures.

hummingbird moth (front)

For more information and links, go to Hummingbirdmoth.com

11 comments:

Lori said...

so cool!!!

Kez said...

Amazing photos!

Mama Teaching 2 said...

Gorgeous!

Mutombu said...

Very nice! I agree it can test your patience to get shots like these.

Anonymous said...

Admirable shots. You have great eye to capture these moments.
Love you,
Dad

~*~The Family~*~ said...

Your pictures are amazing! The kids and I were just out in the corral with the goats and saw two tiger swallowtails and commented on how beautiful they were but didn't know what they were. Came in the house, looked at the blogs and there you had it for us. We learned something new today. Thanks!

Inner Elder said...

Wow! The pix are amazing. I never even heard of a hummingbirdmoth. Now, thanks to your "photo" eye, I can see one. Love, Mom

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Cristina, your photos are like something I'd expect to see in National Geographic - girl, you are good!!!

Vicki said...

I want to know what type of camera you are using and on what setting? These pictures are amazing!!

jugglingpaynes said...

Let's see...Sony Cybershot(?) with 12x zoom. I figured out that I could change the size of the little focus box thingy (sorry for the technical language) on the sport setting so that it focuses on the bug instead of the leaf. :o)

Dell said...

Fabulous captures--especially the hummingbird moth! I have a hard time being quick enough focusing before such creatures fly away!

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