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Blue Flag Iris, Traditional Approach

Friends, this blue iris or blue flag iris is difficult to photograph for two reasons.  One is that nearly always is perched in a complicated green background and two is that the blooms are ravaged by bees, butterflies, dragonflies and hummers as soon as the blooms open.  This unusually fresh bloom was found early in the day against a water background. What a find!! for a flower person. How do you like it ? You can subscribe to my blog in the column on the right. I blog every day so stay tuned, til Tomorrow MJ

Butterflies-small and large

Friends, the top image is a pearl crescent butterfly with a wing span of 1.25 inches, very small but the orange dot on the end of the club-shaped antennae is the defining mark.  The bottom image is a swallowtail that is much larger as seen on a blue flag iris, all of them wild, wild, wild.  til Tomorrow MJ

Little Yellow Warbler

Friends, this little bird is a yellow warbler and hangs out in the willow bushes in Crex.  I was photographing the various butterflies, bees, dragonflies and hummingbirds that were pollinating the blue flag iris, when two of these little curious birds peeked out of the bushes to see what was up.  Their songs are delicious and i enjoyed a serenade while i worked. They went back to chasing insects in the willow leaves. til Tomorrow MJ

Suspended Animation-Hummer Style

Friends, this female hummingbird, was flying much slower than her male counterpart, I was able to focus on her and maybe she felt the lens vibrations, cause she hovered in front of the iris before she came into it, the male was never this cooperative. He just bounced from bloom to bloom never once stopping like this.  This image was a challenge to post process and i still feel that the composition is unbalanced somehow. maybe time will tell, til Tomorrow MJ

Hummers on the Wild Blues

Friends, I call these wild Iris, the wild blues although when they have been out in the sun, they soon fade to a light blue or white.  This ruby-throated hummingbird was jumping from bloom to bloom.  He would periodically disappear into the willows and when he exited he flew above the iris in a u-shaped diving back and forth.  I witnessed a male showing off for his girl.   Although this shutter speed 1/1000 of a second is fast enough for most flying birds, hummers are too fast to freeze without special means. Their wing speed is 50 flaps/second and they do hum when they fly hence their name, hummingbird. til Tomorrow MJ

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