Rest Stop   16 comments

Rest Stop


It hasn’t rained in eastern North Carolina since April. I mean, it has, but only in homeopathic amounts. It’s a very unusual weather pattern for our part of the country, and it wreaks havoc on animal and foliage alike.

This little girl came along on Saturday evening after we had watered a patch of lawn. She was not to be dissuaded from taking a long drink from the ground, and stayed there for over an hour, sipping from various parts of the area. It was only when I took out the long lens and honed in that I noticed she was dropping water back on the lawn.

Now, I don’t know much about butterfly biology, but either the water is running through her like cheap beer, or she used the infusion to help her lay eggs, which I think is more likely the case. Either way, she seemed desperately in need of hydration, so I made sure she had plenty of water.

Dopes anyone know the species?

Nikkor 70-300mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at ISO 400 f/5.6 1/60s 300mm


Over the weekend, some friends over at One Stop Poetry released the first of a two-part interview with yours truly, featuring a few of my images. The cool thing about this site and their Sunday Photography Interview is that they present a poetry challenge for the members. Using one of the images, the poets apply their own creative interpretation of the image in verse. Each contributor posts their poem and comments in an easy-to-access grid, and I must say, many of the poems just blew me away.

Those who know me know that I value Creativity. The great thing about this challenge is that Creativity didn’t stop when the image was finalized, but continued on in the poetry of those who wrote.  A friend of mine once told me, “The essence of creative expression is taking two or more everyday things and combining them in new and interesting ways.” To witness such talented poets taking two different forms and combining them in a new way was a delight to see, and I appreciate everyone who took part in the challenge.

To see the interview, and more importantly, the poetry that goes with the images, please take a moment to visit One Stop Poetry.

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16 responses to “Rest Stop

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  1. Wonderful shot and great interview. Love that they are adding poetry on top of the images. That just sounds like a phenomenal way to put a nice finishing touch on the image.

  2. AWesome shot here man! Love the details! Checking out the interview now!

  3. Amazing colors…Beautiful!

  4. Terrific capture, Rob, the level of detail is very impressive.

  5. Thats a pretty cool shot. Never seent them do that. I have no idea what the name of it is, but its pretty.

  6. Thanks to all for stopping by.

    Jan, yes, you’re correct: It’s a Black Swallowtail. Someone over on my Flickr photostream provided the information.

  7. Great shot! Wonder what biological process is happening there.

  8. What a fabulous interview Rob, I really enjoyed that! It’s awesome to see you getting some well deserved recognition here. I LOVE today’s image my friend. What incredible sharp details you’ve captured of that gorgeous butterfly my friend. GREAT colors and tones, as well. Love it!

  9. Beautiful shot Rob!

  10. Beautiful shot!

  11. Thanks, all, for your visits and kind comments.

  12. So much more than a picture. I’m sure you stopped breathing when you saw what was happening. Thanks for capturing and sharing this moment for us.

  13. Beautiful! I love that their abdomens are just a little furry. When they hatch, they literally have to pump abdominal fluid into their wings in order to expand them before they can fly. What a great shot, Rob!

  14. Nice macro Rob, congrats on the interview as well!

  15. Great work dude – love the shallow DoF you’ve achieved on this one.

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