Thursday, July 19, 2012

I See You

(Blogger cut off part of this photo, so left click to see the whole photo). I took this while I was sitting working on a painting in my studio.  The big window I sit in front of faces out onto my little fenced in 'secret garden' area and the forest.  I've taken to keeping my camera handy lately after years of looking up from working and thinking 'Oh, that would be a wonderful photo, if only I had my camera...' 
These two photos are a little blurry, but I'm amazed they came out at all.  The Dogwood tree the butterfly is sitting in is about 60 feet away and it was windy on the day I took this.  There is a Dogwood right outside the window, but, of course, it wouldn't land there.
This is one of the biggest Swallowtail Butterflies I've ever seen.  It's on the leaf of a Pacific Dogwood, which is the only kind of Dogwood indigenous to the West, and their leaves average about 5 to 6 inches across. 
The only problem now that I'm keeping my camera close by is that I'm doing more looking than painting!  And, apparently, being looked at...


  1. Wow..what a super gorgeous butterfly..the color is beautiful..what a wonderful gift!

  2. That is so beautiful. I have never seen this before.
    Have a great weekend.

  3. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and for your lovely comment about my studio, it really means so much. Your pictures are stunning!

    xo, abby

  4. He/she is definitely looking at you! Great capture!


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