Backyard Friends


All week butterflies have been gracing my backyard. I'd no sooner grab my camera and they'd be gone. Today, this lazy fellow was most co-operative! I love how sharp his/her antennas are and how it appears to almost have tail feathers. I think this Monarch Butterfly qualifies as my entry into this weeks 
"Your Sunday Best Photo Challenge"
Follow this link to view other photographers best photo submissions for this week.


Usually things are pretty quiet in our backyard - well unless Kodee is sounding off at a squirrel or raccoon. This poor Mom made a huge mistake this spring and chose to have her babies in a neighbours garage. They tried to capture Mom and babies together but the Mom escaped. The babies were old enough to be set loose in the country. I can't say I miss the line of baby raccoons following Mom along my fence line as in previous years, but I do feel sorry for her. She was frantically searching for them for a long time.


Wildlife seems to be having a rough time around our house this year. On our front lawn we have a huge Manitoba Maple tree. When my daughter was young she found the beginnings of a tree - all 2 inches of it at my parent's farm. She planted it in a margarine container to bring home. My Dad warned me you couldn't kill   them and one day it would be huge - not to plant it. Did I listen - no and now 20 year later it takes up 3/4 of my front lawn! The quote to have it removed was well over $800 - yes Father did know best. This robin took up residence in it this spring. Good spot I thought - it sure beat the nest it tried to build over my patio door last spring or so we thought. The nest had a few babies in it but the next morning we found the nest on the ground and one baby bird dead.


I having a lot of fun with my two new lenses; the 15-85mm and 85mm. The more I shoot close ups the more I want a true macro 100mm lens! If you enjoy macro photography, I know the flowers and vegetables by Barbara Leven will inspire you. Also watch this video produced by B&H Photo Video.  During the filmed seminar, Barbara not only shows her artwork but she also discusses what lenses she uses and what steps she takes in post production  using photoshop.

Participating in Macro Monday, I Love MacroYour Sunday's Best


HellaS said...

♥ :-)


Stewart M said...

Hi there - very nice insects - the ladybird (ladybug?) is one of my favourite garden insects.

Stewart M - Australia

Unknown said...

Wonderful photos! I love the lady bug shot.

Nancy said...

These are beautiful -- another lens I want now! Lol.

Thank you for sharing at YSB this week! xo

Jan n Jer said...

Awesome shots...just love macro

Pat said...

Poor, frantic mama raccoon!

MixedMolly said...

Love the detail you captured in the butterfly picture.

fromsophiesview said...

Lovely photos...we have butterflies everywhere if by magic one landed on my hand today...teal/orange head with grey trees...listen to Daddy..trees DO grow!

Anonymous said...

You have some camera.

All your pictures are magnificent.


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