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Photo Info

Dimensions1944 x 1295
Original file size1.13 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken4-May-05 17:19
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D70
FlashNot fired
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Unknown
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Pipevine Swallowtail on Texas Thistle

Pipevine Swallowtail on Texas Thistle

My wife and I were walking back on the trail from Twin Falls in Pedernales Falls State Park when I spotted a pipevine swallowtail butterfly (emBattus philenor/em) flirting with a Texas thistle (emCirsium texanum/em). This kind of shot seems best suited for a macro lens, but I didn't have one at the time, and the butterfly was too skittish anyway, so I improvised by using my 80-400 tele-zoom, setting up my tripod about ten feet away, and waiting patiently until the butterfly settled down for a moment. The lens turned out to be a great choice because it produced great detail and a nice blurred background while still preserving enough depth of field to capture the entire thistle head in br/ Date: 4 May 2005br/ Location: Pedernales Falls State Park, Texas, United Statesbr/ Original resolution: 6 MPbr/ Processing: Processed from RAW using Nikon Capture NX2