Thursday, September 28, 2006

Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy, No. 3, part 2

Monday evening when I was at the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy near Schwenksville, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, I saw multitudes of butterflies in the meadows. Below are just a few pictures of them. It was also beautiful watching them soar into the air sometimes settling high up on trees near the wood's edge. I would have loved to have taken some photos of them soaring; but for that unfortunately I wasn't quick enough. My next post will take us into the woods and and back out again into the meadows where I was being watched!





18 comments:

M(urf)! said...

I'm not a big fan of the butterfly but these pictures are lovely...and not too blurry. Good job, Tim. I look forward to going into the woods with you.

Lynn said...

I Love Butterflies Tim! I think they symbolize freedom... Beautiful pictures!

Minka said...

I love butterflies and teh fatc that you could get so close to them amazes me.
They are one of teh fragilest little thing.
Once one butterfly sat in my yellow jumper I was wearing, I tried to stand as still as I possibly could without almost not breathing.

sage said...

great butterfly shots!

Anonymous said...

Lovely monarchs, lovely photographs.

Happy Friday!

:) Mikaela

Paige said...

You did good. I have found it hard to focus on butterfiles. I blame the soft fuzzyness & muted lines some of them have on their wings.
Good job & I'll try to keep my eyes out looking for the wolf.

Merili said...

I like pictures of butterflies mostly because I have never got one on camera. We don't really have a lot of them in the city.
A great collection indeed, hope i get a set like that one day.

choochoo said...

Hi. Thanks for stopping by my blog:)

I love butterflies. I don't know if it's just my imagination, but there seems to be less and less of them around with every passing summer...

Charley said...

Hey...you might be interested that literally thousands of Monarch butterflies migrate to Pacific Grove, California every October from Canada! Marianne and I saw them there a few years back. There is a grove of Eucalyptus tress where they winter for several months. There's even a webpage where you can check it out:

http://www.pgmonarchs.org/

mcBlogger said...

beautiful photos. did you take those yourself?

Cergie said...

Wonderful butterfly, and it is beautiful heads and tails.
It's not a frequent occurence.

Reflex said...

Beautiful, you captured the beauty of this monarch in your series.

Oh, I didn't noticed you are from Pennsylvania, I visited Lancaster some days ago (now I'm back home in Europe). I found the Amish people very interesting.

Tim Rice said...

Thanks, murf. That's a double complement since you're not a big fan of butterfies.

Thanks, lynn. Butterflies do give a sense of freedom, don't they?

Thanks, minka. I have a good zoom lense for my SLR camera. That helps. They are delicate and flighty creatures of beauty.

Thanks, sage. Glad you liked them.

Thanks, mikaela. Glad you enjoyed them. I had fun taking these shots.

Thanks, paige. They are difficult creatures to photograph. I had a number of other photos from the same shoot that didn't quite meet my standards. As for the eyes that were watching me these weren't so scary. They were probably more scared of me. :)

Thanks, merili. I hope, too, that you get the chance to take a series of butterfly photos like these.

Hi, choochoo. I love butterflies, too. And whether one sees butterflies or not may have something to do with whether the surrounding environment is a friendly one or not. They love places with lots of blooming flowers and there are some types of flowers that draw them more so than others.

Hi, charley. That's neat how so many Monarchs come there. And it's neat how the community celebrates their arrival each October.

Thanks, mcblogger. Yes, all photos on my blog unless stated otherwise are my own that I took. Photography is a hobby of mine that I enjoy.

Thanks, cergie. I am honored. Glad you liked these photos.

Thanks, reflex. You honor me, too. And, yes, I do live in Pennsylvania about two hours east of Lancaster. The Amish are a fascinating religious and cultural group of people. While they're not perfect, there's a lot to respect about them even though most of us would not be ready to adopt their way of life.

Anonymous said...

beautiful beautiful ...

have a great weekend =)

Benjamin Potter said...

Butterfly, flutter by . . . Ah, the beauty of creation.

judypatooote said...

I feel like I was back at the butterfly house.....nice shots...

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Your butterfly pictures have such clarity. I am always in awe of a good butterfly picture, they're so hard to catch being still sometimes.
My pictures are usually a big fuzzy, but I keep trying.

Tim Rice said...

Thanks, jazzy. Butterflies are wonderful creatures.

Hi, benjamin potter. How true! The beauty of creation is beyond the adequacy of words.

Thanks, judypatooote. I'm glad you enjoyed the experience.

Thanks, abandoned in pasadena. I'm glad you enjoyed these photos. Butterfly pictures are not easy; but it's worth it to keep trying.