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Morning Sun with Wings

Sulphur

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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Hot Pink

Orchid1

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

Orchids are a very interesting subject to photograph. This beauty was no exception.  I used my macro lens for a closeup view. The colors, structures and patterns were amazing to see in such detail.

 

Flowering Tango

FloweringTango1

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

Shortly after a brief rain shower late this afternoon, I decided to go for a walk in a wetland area of Zeeland, Michigan. I spotted this pair of damselflies mating while they created a heart shape. They were flying among some flowers in an area near a pond before they landed together. They were too busy to concern themselves with me as I moved in close for a macro shot with my 50mm lens, lol.

Life Cycle

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found about half the seeds gone on this little flower, which resulted in an interesting pattern. From the image you can see where the seeds are held before the wind eventually pulls them away. I used a shallow depth of field to help the subject separate from distracting background elements.

Reaching for the Sun

blossoming

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

The sun peaked out between the clouds recently as I found this flower seeming to soak in its rays. The colors seemed to glow as I captured the image of natural beauty in Ottawa County, Michigan.

Yellow Beauty

ButterCupPair

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

On a recent nature walk in Zeeland, Michigan I found these yellow flowers along a path. I wondered if they were in the buttercup flower family, but perhaps someone can post what they think they are :)

Pollination Plans

PollinationPlans

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I caught this insect in flight as it approached a flower before pollination began. I used my Canon 50mm F-2.5 macro lens at 1/200 of a second and F-13 at ISO 800. It was cloudy as I took the photo which gave the lighting a more diffused effect. I wanted more depth of field and sacrificed a faster shutter speed to allow more of the image to be in focus with the exception of the wings which were a blur. I found this moment of beauty while walking today in Ottawa County, Michigan near a small lake. Click on this or any of my images to see an enlarged version.

Orange Hawkweed

OrangeFlower1b

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I was hoping to find some colorful butterflies today, but with none to be found  this Orange Hawkweed flower was a welcome sight. I found it today in Allegan County, Michigan as the sun emerged from cloudy skies. I’m sure it won’t be long before I’ll get a chance to photograph the butterflies that arrive each summer. I’ll most likely use what I did today for this flower photo, a Canon 50mm F-2.5 Macro Lens which allows closeup detailed images. (Click on any of my photos to see an enlarged version)

White Violet

White_Violet

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I was pleased to find this White Violet a few days ago growing in the woods at a local Ottawa County, Michigan park. I’ve read that many flowers have guide lines that draw in pollinating insects much as runway lights guide planes in for landings. The lines on this flower will make it much easier for insects to find the right spot to land :)

American Goldfinch

GoldFinch1a

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I spotted this American Goldfinch perched on a flowering tree branch in Zeeland, Michigan yesterday. Now that warm Spring weather has arrived in West Michigan, I’ve been seeing a large variety of birds and flowers arriving. I’ll do my best to share these scenes here :)

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