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Forest Butterfly

ForestButterfly

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found what I believe to be a Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly peacefully resting on a plant just above the forest floor. I made the discovery as I was hiking recently in an Ottawa County, Michigan wooded area. I’ve seen these fly by often, but rarely get the opportunity to approach one at rest.

Summer’s Wings

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

Seeing Monarch Butterflies each summer is always a treat. I found this one replenishing its minerals in some gravel recently. I’ve seen more of them this summer that I remember seeing last year. I have heard their habitats have been diminishing, so it’s reassuring to see they are still around.

Flying Flower

ButterflyBeauty

Butterfly_On_Leaf

Photos Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

Photographing butterflies has always been a fun and interesting experience. I was happy to get detailed photos of these two.    “The butterfly is a flying flower, The flower a tethered butterfly.” French lyric poet ― Ponce Denis Écouchard Lebrun

Transparent Butterfly in a Parallel Universe

Butterfly_Parallel_Universe

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this Transparent Winged Butterfly resting on a glass panel, its reflections hinting at a parallel reality. An ancient Chinese quote came to mind… Once upon a time, I, Chuang Chou, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, a veritable butterfly, enjoying itself to the full of its bent, and not knowing it was Chuang Chou. Suddenly I awoke, and came to myself, the veritable Chuang Chou. Now I do not know whether it was then I dreamt I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man. Between me and the butterfly there must be a difference. This is an instance of transformation.  – Chinese Philosopher Zhūangzi (c. 369 BC – c. 286 BC)

Wings of Beauty

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ButterflyBeauty

Photos Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

Photographing butterflies is one of my favorite pastimes when I get the opportunity. These two specimens cooperated nicely as I used a longer lens on the first photo and a macro on the second to capture them at rest.

Translucent Wings

ViceRoy1111

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I had the opportunity to photograph this Viceroy butterfly from an unusual perspective. The view was from under its wings as light passed through them revealing beautiful patterns and coloring.

American Painted Lady

AmericanPaintedLady

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I captured this image of an American Painted Lady butterfly as it was gathering nectar from a flower in a West Michigan park. This is one of my favorite types of butterflies to photograph, with their amazing wing patterns and colors.

 

Natural Mining

OrangeButterfly

 

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this Checkerspot butterfly “mining” for minerals today in Holland, Michigan. Butterflies absorb needed minerals from soil, sometimes in puddles, or in this case gravel.

Woodland Butterfly

BrownButterfly1

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this brown butterfly as it rested on a flower today in a Southwest Michigan forest. It was nice to see the weather warm enough for butterflies to be flittering about again.

Nature’s Art

Prints

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I’ve had several requests for prints from visitors  since I began posting my outdoor and nature photography. I have uploaded them to

jeffrey-foltice.artistwebsites.com

where they can be ordered. If you have a favorite image I haven’t uploaded there, just let me know and I’ll be sure to add it to those you can order. Thanks for visiting!

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