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Orange sulphur butterfly on agarita

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Orange Sulphur Butterfly on Agarita Flower 3180

About five weeks ago I showed you some agarita flowers as a hallmark of spring. Today’s picture from west of Morado Circle on March 6th adds two things you didn’t see well or at all in the previous photograph: the red buds at the top, and the orange sulphur butterfly, Colias eurytheme, hanging from one of the flowers.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 22, 2014 at 4:50 AM

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  1. What a beautiful blend of colors! Soft, pastel and fuzzy. 🙂

    Uncle Tree

    March 22, 2014 at 6:10 AM

  2. If an artist had set out to capture an agarita’s spring colors in a butterfly, I’d declare this rendering sheer perfection. The colors are beautiful, and it’s amazing to see bush and butterfly sharing them.


    March 22, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    • It’s common for me to see things in pictures on my computer monitor, or have other people point them out, that I hadn’t noticed when I was in the field. In this case I don’t think I realized at the time how harmonious the colors were, because my attention went first toward getting close enough for a picture at all, then toward keeping as much of the butterfly in focus as possible.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 22, 2014 at 9:11 AM

  3. Steve, please tell us what camera and lens you used for just this particular photo. The colours are so ‘fresh’ and beautiful – I would happily have this as a poster hanging in my study. Thanks Steve.

    • I took this photo with the lens I use more than any other, a Canon 100mm f/2.8L macro. The primary body I’ve been putting it on for the last year and a half, including here, is the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. I’m pleased that you find the resulting picture poster-worthy.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 22, 2014 at 9:24 AM

  4. Beautiful shot!


    March 22, 2014 at 9:28 AM

  5. Lovely shot Steve


    March 22, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    • Happy spring, Nora.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 22, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      • You too – so glad it’s here!!!! We may still get a few cold days – but evidence of spring is alive and well on the Virginia coast!!


        March 22, 2014 at 9:58 AM

        • Then let’s hope you coast into spring with no further delays. In Austin we’ve already hit 80° a couple of times recently.

          Steve Schwartzman

          March 22, 2014 at 10:07 AM

  6. Beautiful colours, that shade of powder pinks and yellows, splendid!


    March 22, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    • Agreed: it’s a fortunate coincidence to have pinks and yellows—plug pale green—on both subjects.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 22, 2014 at 10:20 AM

  7. phenomenal colors and capture! I have seen many agarita in the field. I hope to see them bloom.


    March 22, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    • Thanks. The agaritas in Austin have been blooming for over a month. Let’s hope the ones near you follow suit soon and inspire some art.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 22, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      • the barberries in my yard and around town in Albuquerque have been blooming about that long as well. there are some native species in the mountains where it is colder that have not yet awakened.


        March 22, 2014 at 11:36 AM

  8. What a perfect pairing! The butterfly’s colours perfectly match the plant 🙂

  9. I like the contrast between the sharp leaves and the soft butterfly.

    Crooked Tracks

    March 22, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    • And there’s also the contrast between the butterfly and the photographer: the first was undaunted by the spines, but I can assure you that the second had be careful.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 22, 2014 at 4:15 PM

  10. So pretty


    March 22, 2014 at 6:26 PM

  11. lovely. but i don’t think i could eat a whole one 😉


    March 22, 2014 at 7:50 PM

  12. Sulphurous Sylph Sipping Sap. Hmm. Not so good, but the photo is stunning! As always the composition is arresting, and what a happy harmony of color and texture.


    March 23, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    • Someone with initials S.S. finds no fault in your lead-in or in the similarly alliterative “happy harmony.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 23, 2014 at 6:00 PM

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