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Backlit Brimstone on Lavender

By Julian
Male Brimstone on lavender. These beauties are on the wing again as the new generation takes to the skies. This will be a butterfly from an egg laid this year, as opposed to an overwintering adult from 2007/2008. After supping nectar-they will take cover for a month or so and then sip again just before Autumn wanes, maximising their fat reserves before Winter and waiting until 2009 before emerging from hibernation and finding a happy little female to mate with.
I have a couple of good patches of Lavendar in the garden. This one was feeding all over it. Lighting conditions were difficult with such bright sunshine, the shot looked completely different from one minute to the next as the butterfly changed its position. Backlighting seems to work for me but I do find a little loss of detail in highlit areas.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: simplepanda, Gray_ina, Glostopcat and 44 more

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5 Jul 2008 12:29AM
Stunning shot Graham

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Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
5 Jul 2008 12:30AM
A beautiful macro shot, the colours, detail and clarity are all outstanding
TyChee 12 275 1 United States
5 Jul 2008 2:07AM
Excellent macro shot.
5 Jul 2008 7:27AM
A stunning image.the dof just right.
ColouredImages 13 47 35 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2008 7:33AM
The lavendar makes a lovely soft backdrop and the backlightling lifts the flutterby out of the shot. A cracker
Paddy 15 254 8 England
5 Jul 2008 7:38AM
such wonderful colours ... a real winner, my favorite SmileP
5 Jul 2008 9:20AM
Beautiful image. The purple makes an excellent backdrop.
Wooly 12 112 4 England
5 Jul 2008 10:27AM
Excellent shot Julian.

piccy 11 8 Wales
5 Jul 2008 10:28AM
Lovely colour, nice bits of web too.
fossilized 13 79 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2008 11:16AM
A very striking shot. DoF is perfect and the contrast of such vibrant colours works very well.
Julian 13 76 3 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2008 11:29AM
Thanks everybody. At least this one didn't bomb.
Melanie_M 12 168 9 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2008 5:52PM
Stunning contrast in colour and of your subject against the BG.
If I were to be really picky then I might have gone for portrait format adding a little more space above. Won't stop me from giving it an award.
AlleyCatz 11 274 6 England
6 Jul 2008 10:01AM
Excellent and beautifully taken.
Particularly love the colour of the butterfly against the colour of the lavender.

celestun 14 29 14 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2008 10:23PM
Brilliant simplicity! I do like the colour combination with the lavender... must try this some time Wink

Well done!

Julian 13 76 3 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2008 11:27PM
Thanks for the comments folks and Melanie for the award!
Marian 12 62 England
21 Jul 2008 9:45PM
I love the colour combination.

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