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Blue Nectar

By celestun
A Swallowtail butterfly feeding on the nectar of a Blue Aphyllanthes flower...

... sunshine pouring through it's wings...

Provence 2008

(this species feeds whilst still fluttering it's wings for balance, making it particularly difficult to get a shot like this! They feed no more than a second on each flower so you have to anticipate which flower they will go to next and set up the shot before hand!)

After hundreds of attempts... finally got a decent one!

This is part of a series I am working on of "backlit butterflies"... if you're interested see some more of them HERE on EPZ

Tags: Backlit Blue Butterfly Flower Feeding Close-up and macro Swallowtail Papilio machaon Underside Wildlife and nature Aphyllanthes monspeliensis

Voters: shona, lonely_oryx, Glostopcat and 81 more

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lonely_oryx 13 61 55 England
10 May 2008 10:06PM
Cracking shot
Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
10 May 2008 10:13PM
A terrific shot of this beautiful butterfly, love the detail, clarity and the way you've caught the sunlight on its wings
10 May 2008 10:17PM
Amazing capture, spot on detail and colour

Angi_Wallace Plus
12 303 11 United Kingdom
10 May 2008 10:22PM
Perfect shot
ericfaragh 17 149 5 United Kingdom
10 May 2008 10:27PM
Beautiful capture, well done.
Cormy 13 3 England
10 May 2008 10:28PM
Great lighting for a cracking good image.
Terry L 17 609 5 England
10 May 2008 10:33PM
Stunning image Tim, well worth the failed attempts.

fatmod 14 22 England
10 May 2008 10:36PM
superb close up
fossilized 16 79 United Kingdom
10 May 2008 10:39PM
Beautiful image.
BERTRAM 12 United Kingdom
10 May 2008 10:52PM
superb shot love the lighting Dawn
Shroomer 14 14 167 England
10 May 2008 11:07PM
This has to be the best butterfly capture I have ever seen
Bob_V 13 1 2 United States
10 May 2008 11:16PM
What a beautiful capture, superb work.
10 May 2008 11:17PM
What a lovely shot, must have been a great thrill and worth all the work.

whiteswan01 12 13 England
10 May 2008 11:32PM
great shot pretty little thing Dawn
SurreyHillsMan 13 27 2 England
10 May 2008 11:40PM
IFIMAGE 12 143 Wales
10 May 2008 11:43PM
A cracker!
Hope you get 30
kitsch 15 439 4 United Kingdom
10 May 2008 11:46PM
well worth all your patience!
super shot Smile
10 May 2008 11:51PM
What a beauty, well done.

RubberBullets 19 1 6 United Kingdom
11 May 2008 12:02AM
Once again this is simply stunning, with a background that looks like an impressionist painting!

fishiee 16 478 3 United Kingdom
11 May 2008 12:33AM
Cracking shot Tim. Both the butterfly and the flower are stunning subjects so to get the two together looks amazing!

Having seen these muself now I can imagine how hard this was to get with the fluttering wings. Timing is perfect!
RoddBC 15 40 United States
11 May 2008 12:41AM
Nicely done!

celestun 17 29 14 United Kingdom
11 May 2008 1:30AM
Thank you all for your wonderful comments!

Really made my day!

This shot really was a thrill!


VNelson 16 3 United States
11 May 2008 5:33AM
I'm familiar with your experience on the difficulty of capture. Glad you succeeded so well at last!
Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 15 Wales
11 May 2008 8:05AM
Super light and detail.
viscostatic 14 49 9 United Kingdom
11 May 2008 9:06AM
All your effort has certainly paid off here - so sharp and the exposure is spot on. The out of focus background and wonderful backlighting make it an image to be proud of.

PLCimagery 14 77 1 England
11 May 2008 9:26AM
Superb shot!!
User_Removed 14 16 England
11 May 2008 9:50AM
Beautiful clarity and a fine image
celestun 17 29 14 United Kingdom
11 May 2008 10:02AM
Thanks again for all your encouraging words!

... and thanks for the HC Pete!


Pricey Plus
15 290 2 United Kingdom
11 May 2008 11:26AM
Excellent capture, well done.
AlleyCatz 14 274 6 England
11 May 2008 12:34PM
Superb and beautiful capture.
So worth all your effort.
Congrats on your HC.

TyChee Plus
16 275 1 United States
11 May 2008 2:26PM
Beautiful image.
Scaramanga 13 60 6 United Kingdom
11 May 2008 4:56PM
Wonderful light, colours and detail.
Possum 14 148 England
11 May 2008 9:13PM
Wow, what a beautiful shot both for subject matter and technical prowess Smile
LisaRose 14 172 4 United States
11 May 2008 10:07PM
Very good, and congrats on the HC

11 May 2008 11:02PM
Amazing in every aspect !

Nikki !
Gaucho 19 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
12 May 2008 3:48PM
That is one amazing photograph Tim. Stunning. No wonder you're pleased.
norton 17 2 6 Jersey
12 May 2008 4:12PM
Excellent composition and detail,superb capture..............

tomeda 12 United Kingdom
15 May 2008 7:03PM
Wonderful! Absolutley georgeous
22 Jul 2008 9:25PM
Superb, Awesome, and then some!

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