Sunday, November 23, 2014

Pic of the Day

Gulf Fritillary, Agaulis vanillae:  National Butterfly Center; Mission, Texas

     On Friday, the 15th of November, I spent the morning at Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park photographing the many tropical species that can be found in south Texas.  With a bit of time to spare before moving on to Santa Ana NWR, the group I was with stopped at the National Butterfly Center (less than a mile from Bentsen). 

     The weather was overcast and cold when we arrived, but we took a stroll along one of the center's trails hoping to see some of the butterflies that make the center so famous. 
     When we started the walk there were a lot of butterflies clinging to the grasses along the trail.  About half way through the walk the sun broke through the clouds, and the temperature warmed immediately.  The butterflies soon took flight and began feeding on the numerous flowers at the center.   I shot this Gulf Fritillary as it was feeding on flower nectar.  I’ll post other butterflies later.
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Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/1250sec. @ f4.5

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