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“It is very important that we have the capacity to love many different things or people at the same time. Our love should radiate like the sun, warming everything it touches.”
― Peggy Toney Horton

The sun is less intense, nights are cool, and mornings full of mist and promise. The fields are filled with late summer wildflowers: goldenrod, purple asters, fleabane, and the shells of mid-summer blossoms, now gone to seed. And, the butterflies, oh, the butterflies abound. Yellow sulphurs and cabbage butterflies dart around nervously, and the monarchs perch upon their milkweed.

As is evident with this singular monarch butterfly, they certainly have an affinity for milkweed, it’s where they chose to lay their eggs and seems to be their nectar of choice, till the blossoms fade and seed-pods form, then they seem to favour goldenrod, at least in this area, and the goldenrod is plentiful and healthy this time of year.

Despite all the bright colours competing with her, this monarch still stands out as she perches atop her pedestal, her home, surveying the world around her. It was interesting that she remained still and let me approach, quite closely, without alarming her. She just sat there, basking in the sun and fanning her wings; drinking in the final warmth of the day.

I took  multiple shots as she fanned her wings, trying to capture that exact moment when the late afternoon sun illuminated her wings from behind. All the elements came together, provided the effect I wanted to convey, and made the image look almost three dimensional.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200 mm
1/200 sec, f/7.1, ISO 200

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