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Caught this lovely guy stealing from the hummingbirds just a few minutes ago. Came out pretty good with my iPhone. I took it as a Live shot and set it to Bounce. Hopefully we can see that from the forum. If not, just enjoy the still image.

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Caught this lovely guy stealing from the hummingbirds just a few minutes ago. Came out pretty good with my iPhone. I took it as a Live shot and set it to Bounce. Hopefully we can see that from the forum. If not, just enjoy the still image.

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Geez, what a great shot! I've never seen one hit a hummingbird feeder before, does that happen a lot? We have several up in our yard here in CA.
 

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Butterflies are lovely creatures, aren't they? Sometimes hard to shoot, though. This spring and summer we didn't have very many around here at all, and I kept meaning to go to the nearby botanical gardens where they have a "butterfly garden" set up with all the various plants which appeal to butterflies. I went there last year with a friend and we had a great time. This year when I was at the botanical garden around the end of June it was apparently too early for the Monarchs and various other butterflies, as I saw only a few. I'll have to look for some of the images of butterflies I shot last year....
 

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Butterflies are lovely creatures, aren't they? Sometimes hard to shoot, though. This spring and summer we didn't have very many around here at all, and I kept meaning to go to the nearby botanical gardens where they have a "butterfly garden" set up with all the various plants which appeal to butterflies. I went there last year with a friend and we had a great time. This year when I was at the botanical garden around the end of June it was apparently too early for the Monarchs and various other butterflies, as I saw only a few. I'll have to look for some of the images of butterflies I shot last year....
Butterflies make awesome subjects. Last winter we visited the butterfly garden in Gainesville and got some amazing photos (just with cell phones). The photo I use here as my avatar was taken there, and there is a stunning butterfly on my arm.

We’ve had so many in the yard the last few days it’s incredible.
 

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There's a huge botanical gardens over in the Maryland suburbs called "Brookside Gardens," and every year (except in 2020) they set up a butterfly "house" where they have butterflies all over the place in the small building, with displays and explanations of the whole life cycle of a butterfly, and as visitors wander around, butterflies are everywhere! It's fun to visit; taking photos can be a problem in the small, warm and humid environment, though, especially if there are a lot of other people in the building at the same time. The butterflies are carefully, thoughtfully nurtured and monitored and it's a great place to take children.

Some years ago I was in Huntsville, Alabama, for a few days and one of the things we did there was to visit their botanical gardens, where they, too, had a wonderful setup for butterflies. It was delightful!
 
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