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Summer’s Wings


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



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


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



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


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


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



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


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


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

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!

Morning Sun with Wings


Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I photographed a sulphur butterfly this morning in a West Michigan park as it was warming up from the sun. Its brightly colored yellow/golden wings mirrored the golden sun as it rose to warm the creature. Fortunately, this gave me the opportunity to move in close enough to capture a detailed image before it flew off. I used my Canon 200mm F-2.8L Lens with a 2x convertor making it the equivalent of an 400mm F-5.6. (Click on this or any of my photos to see an enlarged version)


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