Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A butterfly bonanza!

Ever heard that saying "even the sun shines on a dog's ass some days"?  It basically means that everyone gets lucky sometimes.  Well, pass the sunscreen, because lately my butt's been getting severely burned.

Last week, I returned to a beautiful native tall grass prairie near Minneapolis (the very same one where I made this image, this image and this, too) to check on the wildflowers for an upcoming photo shoot.  Every single time I've been there, Lady Luck has been sitting in my lap and I've been blessed with perfect conditions.  This time was no different.

The moment I saw it, I could scarcely contain my smile.  The sky was a vibrant blue with nice, fluffy clouds and the wildflowers were the best I'd ever seen them!  Even though I was only there to scout locations and hadn't planned on shooting, I knew immediately that plans had changed.  It was time to make some art!

I found the composition I wanted, set up my camera, and waited.  The place was swarming with Monarch butterflies and I knew if I was patient enough, I'd eventually get a bunch of them in my composition.

Sure enough, one by one the Monarchs swooped in.  Each time, I snapped a shot. Then, in post production, I blended the shots together to create the image you see below, which I am very happy with.  It really captures the fun, exuberant, summery emotion I felt out there.  Seems like I can do no wrong on the prairie.  (Other places are a different story.)

And that photo shoot?  It happened just a few days ago, and, of course, Mother Nature cooperated beautifully and things went well.  I'll have those images posted soon.  Until then, thanks as always and take care.  And enjoy summer while it lasts! ^_^

(P.S.  There are 12 Monarch butterflies in the image.  Can you find 'em all?)

Monarch Madness
(Click RIGHT HERE for large version.)

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