Eastern tiger swallowtail

On our trip to Harris Neck, I got a couple of bonuses when looking for bird images.  One was the presence of some cool insect life around Woody Pond where the bird rookery was.  Another, was to discover that my Tamron 150-600 works equally well for relatively close shots as it does for distance.

There were some neat butterflies and dragonflies at the pond’s edge enjoying the wildflowers and sunshine.  I certainly couldn’t blame them since this was a beautiful morning to be out enjoying nature and all it has to offer.

I guess I have to go back to work now but, I can always dream of the next opportunity to see beauty like this and capture more images to share.

Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
Townsend, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/9 – 1/200 sec – ISO 320

A great day to be a butterfly

A monarch butterfly doing its thing for the sunflowers at Fausetts Farms in Dawsonville.

When I saw David Akoubian’s pictures of sunflowers this week, I knew we needed to make a trip to Dawsonville.

It would have been an excellent outing had we not taken GA400 to get up there.  On top of the ordinary weekend traffic on the highway, there were 2 accidents while we were driving up there.  The first one was an over-turned horse trailer on the southbound side.  A pretty serious incident but it was on the southbound side and we were going north and still, the traffic came to a nearly complete stop.  Then, before we went 2 more exits, another accident and the highway was completely closed!  We finally got off and took Highway 9 up the rest of the way to where we wanted to get off originally.

After all that mess, we finally got rolling again and made a quick stop at Gibbs Gardens before continuing on to Fausetts Farms.  The last couple of years, I have gone to Andersons Sunflowers in Cumming to get my sunflower shots.  The Andersons decided not to open to the public this year which was disappointing but Fausetts makes them look really tiny.  The fields at Fausetts were huge!

The flowers were a little past their peak and it most likely won’t be worth another drive up for us, but if you have some time to head that way this week, it is quite a sight to see.

Fausetts Farms Horse Trails and Sunflowers
11336 Highway 136 W
Dawsonville, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/10 – 1/800 sec – ISO 800

Remembering Summer, looking forward to Fall

Enjoy the warm weather while it’s here.

Yes, Summer is full of flowers and butterflies and many other happy things but, let the hot temperatures go away for a while, Please!

This black swallowtail butterfly was seen at Gibbs Gardens in August and unfortunately, the weather hasn’t changed much since then.  I am ready for Football season and Autumn leaves but mother nature’s not done with summer yet.  Oh well, I will be mourning the loss of warm weather when January rolls around so, I guess we all should just enjoy it while we can.

Gibbs Gardens
1987 Gibbs Drive
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
100mm @ f/5.6 – 1/1000 sec – ISO 640

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Flowers and butterflies

Lots of butterflies at Gibbs Gardens

Last week’s trip to Gibbs Gardens was definitely one of those visits where nature was just out and about.  We started seeing butterflies before we even got into the visitor’s center and they were evident on almost every flower patch.

The swallowtail butterflies were the most plentiful and obvious.  Some black and others yellow like the one in my image above.  It can be quite a challenge to get nice shots of these creatures who flit around from one blossom to another and get blown about by the wind every time it kicks up.

My Tamron all-in-one zoom was exactly what I needed for this.  The ability to get a close view without needing to be right on top of the subject is necessary in this case.  Get too close and bye-bye butterfly.  With a little space but the extra reach that 300mm gets you, you don’t scare your subject away but still get the beautiful detail.

I love being able to capture the beauty of nature and share that here.  Hope you all enjoy and get out there and witness this for yourself!

Gibbs Gardens
1987 Gibbs Drive
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
210mm @ f/6.3 – 1/1000 sec – ISO 640

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A stainless-steel wing shines in East Roswell Park

Reflections of clouds, sky and trees dance off of a polished stainless-steel butterfly wing in East Roswell Park.  Installation #9 in the Art around Roswell exhibit is an example of the abstract nature forms that typify the work of David Landis.

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Rhino by David Landis

A Georgia native, and resident of Atlanta – he owns and operates Landis Sculpture Studio and has produced many works of public art.  I did not know this until I checked out his Facebook page but I saw and posted one of his works on my walk of the Atlanta Beltline a few weeks ago (see right).

If you get up close to the butterfly wing (the work is titled “Papillon” which is French for butterfly) you can actually see vein patterns on the surface.  Walking around the piece, it seems that from some angles the surrounding landscape is reflected and from others, the wing seems to blend into the background.  It really is something wonderful to view in person.  You should get out and see this!

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by David Landis
Stainless Steel

Sculpture #9
Art around Roswell exhibit
East Roswell Park
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro