The things about butterflies is they are never going to go where you want them to. Some butterflies are so fast moving that you’re lucky if you get one shot in focus before they flit out of your range, perhaps never to be seen again. Adding to this, the wind in Easthampton blows at 8 mph on a slow day. I count myself lucky to EVER get a usable shot of a butterfly at all.
I could critique this shot – I would have preferred to be only the other side of the plant so that Sun was behind me, but in the time that it would have taken to navigate the 50 feet of wrought iron fence and half a garden to get back to my subject, it would likely have moved on. Still, the silhouette of its body combined with the shadows that you can see through its semi-translucent wings has its own effect.
If there is anything that I love more that flowers, it is a flower that are useful as well as beautiful to look at. I dream of the day when we own our own property and we can cover our land in beautiful and functional gardens. Enter the wonderful Echinacea plant:
During my visit to New Hampshire a couple of weekends ago, I had the opportunity to photograph a week old baby rabbit in an antique teacup. It’s not the kind of opportunity that you turn down, and the resulting images have been a constant source of inspiration since. This particular print needs to be a mug, and probably a magnet – at the very least.
But I need your help!!!
I’m looking for the perfect caption for this – if you are the person chosen, I will send you a free matted print of the image with your words on it. (Sorry, but free shipping in the US only, if you live abroad you are welcome to contribute and I’ll send you a free print if you contribute to the shipping)
The husband and I got to spend a couple of days in Old Lyme, CT with friends over the weekend of the 4th. It wasn’t nearly long enough to be a real vacation, but it was sort of cool to see where the Connecticut River dumps into the ocean and who knew that you could see Long Island from the shore? (Presumably everybody whose ever been to the shore in Connecticut, but not I).
This shot is from our first walk out on the beach at sunset.
When I saw the photographs of my Aunt’s new baby rabbits, I knew that I had to go up and photograph them. I meant to bring my friend’s top hat because white rabbit + top hat is such an obvious choice, but me being me, it was left behind. But they were so tiny and a teacup was a much better proposition. Sometimes you just have to trust the world to give you the perfect photo props.
The great thing about living in rural New England is that my next photoshoot with baby animals is always right around the corner. These baby goats are just over a week old and already have all of the attitude! They did not appreciate being taken out into the rain so that I had more light.
I have the benefit of living in abundant Easthampton, MA where I have access to many beautiful and moderately natural settings to photograph in. Each week from June through October I head over to Mountain View Farm to pick up my farmshare and wander around their U-Pick fields looking for inspiration to photograph. The early June flowers are okay, but I’m especially interested in the zinnias – there is something so different about the way each individual blossom unfolds. They are such a mix of color and texture.