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Name: Mike Stewart
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Mike
Sep 29, 2010 8:14 PM CST
Last week I photographed some butterflies and dragonflies while on the coast of North Carolina. They were at a nursery I visited.

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Check out the butterfly's proboscis!

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And check out this dragonfly's crazy grin!

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He certainly comes to the point.

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Name: Toni
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Skiekitty
Sep 29, 2010 8:46 PM CST
AMAZING shots! I especially LOVE LOVE LOVE that dragonfly! WOW! Any more pics like this?
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GardenGuyAZ
Sep 29, 2010 8:58 PM CST
The butterflies sure do love that lantana, don't they!

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Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, NY (Zone 6b)
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Mike
Sep 29, 2010 10:21 PM CST
I also photographed some egrets in the nearby wetlands. The first shot shows the motion of landing, while the second and third shots are still portraits.

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Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, NY (Zone 6b)
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Mike
Sep 29, 2010 10:23 PM CST
I also took some macro photos of conch shells that washed up on the beach.

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Name: Mike Stewart
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Mike
Sep 29, 2010 10:24 PM CST
And a distant, but close-up, shot of the moon, showing some detail.

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Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, NY (Zone 6b)
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Mike
Sep 29, 2010 10:30 PM CST
I also had some fun taking contrast shots, like the colorful folds of this beach umbrella against the gray, craggy texture of the deck boards.

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Of course, these have nothing to do with roses; they're just random photos.
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zuzu
Sep 29, 2010 11:57 PM CST

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Random is good! I love the egrets most of all!
Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, NY (Zone 6b)
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Mike
Sep 30, 2010 1:36 PM CST
Glad you like 'em. Here's a little green friend, camouflaging himself to stay safe from the egrets, perhaps.

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Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, NY (Zone 6b)
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Mike
Sep 30, 2010 1:54 PM CST
And another egret.

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Name: Mike Stewart
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Mike
Sep 30, 2010 2:00 PM CST
Back at the beach cottage... Yin and Yang

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Name: Mike Stewart
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Mike
Sep 30, 2010 2:05 PM CST
"Copy Cat..."

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Calif_Sue
Sep 30, 2010 10:27 PM CST

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Great shots Mike! I love the series of butterflies and my favorite is the green lizard. Fun to walk around with a camera and see all the interesting shapes, textures and colors you can capture through the eyes of s good lens.
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porkpal
Oct 1, 2010 8:32 AM CST
That's some really artistic photography!
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Name: Toni
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Skiekitty
Oct 1, 2010 9:36 AM CST
I didn't think that anoles could live in the wild that far north.. but I guess North Caroline's not really that far north, is it. :)
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Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, NY (Zone 6b)
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Mike
Oct 1, 2010 10:25 AM CST
Toni, I was in Emerald Isle, which is part of the southern Outer Banks of No. Carolina.

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Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Skiekitty
Oct 1, 2010 10:51 AM CST
So green, so wet. Beautiful. I'm jealous.

BTW, what camera are you using? I'm still lovin' that picture of the smilin' dragonfly!!!
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Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, NY (Zone 6b)
Seed Starter Container Gardener Roses Bulbs I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Peonies
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Mike
Oct 1, 2010 11:08 AM CST
All of these photos were taken with a Canon 5D Mark II camera (a digital SLR). The close-up photos of the insects were taken with a Canon 100mm macro lens at f/2.8. The photos of the egrets, moon, and even the lizard were taken with a Canon 100mm-400mm telephoto zoom lens at f/5.6. I often take a wide angle lens into the field as well, but didn't on these occasions since I was only planning on photographing wild life.
Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Skiekitty
Oct 1, 2010 11:10 AM CST
Cripes all mighty, that is NOT a cheap camera! WOW!

lessee, 2.5 mortgage payments or a camera.. hmm.. let me think..

:) Amazing how some of our hobbies get away from us. You a professional photographer? You do take some absolutely awesome shots! :)
Roses are one of my passions! Just opened, my Etsy shop (to fund my rose hobby)! http://www.etsy.com/shop/TweetsnTreats
Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, NY (Zone 6b)
Seed Starter Container Gardener Roses Bulbs I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Peonies
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Mike
Oct 1, 2010 12:29 PM CST
Not a pro, just an obsessive compulsive amateur. I started investing in this kind of equipment when I started photographing bald eagles on the Hudson River near my home. They come down from Canada each February and March. You need the "big guns" for that kind of photography, due to the distances involved, the frequently poor winter light from overcast skies, and the eagles' quick movements in flight. And I still don't have the equipment that's really up to the task, but that would require a $7,500 lens, and that ain't never gonna happen!

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