This is a shot of a Common Blue butterfly, one of Irelands most colorful and decorative butterflies, and one which I personally have not seen very often except for this day when I discovered what I now call the Butterfly Field in the North Dublin town of Donabate.
The one pictured here is a male, known because only the male is blue in color and almost glitters. The female is a brown color.
These can be found in any suitable habitat in the country, most often meadows, grasslands and quarries.
I took this in a field on the cliffwalk that links the towns of Donabate and Portrane, the same place where I captured my other recent uploads of butterflies.
When I was taking this, I met a lady who said she had spent days snapping the butterflies in the field, as they were particularly abundant over those few days. She told me that this particular species was decorated like a deck of cards, and it was only when going through my shots that I understood what she meant.
The underside of the wings are decorated with what looks to all intents and purposes like the suits of a deck of cards. The heart shape was the one that stood out to me first (hence the name of the picture), but with some imagination, I can see the clubs and spades there too.
Thanks for looking!
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carlo62 (50069) 2013-09-20 14:44
ti stai specializzando in fotgrafia naturalistica, con particolare attenzione alle farfalle, ci vuole molta calma e tanta pazienza, ma i risultati sono carichi di siddisfazione.
Sonata11 (33871) 2013-09-20 20:03
this is just impressively beautiful macro composition of butterfly and the flowers. The colors, light, sharpness, are fantastic. These colorful wings are very beautiful. Perfectly well done. Awesome photo job.
Best regards and have a nice WE,
abmdsudi (55132) 2013-09-20 20:34
That's huge! Beautiful macro shot of a difficult subject and there is a feeling of scale in this capture with superb detail, pretty colours and love the dof and pov. Such a delicate beauty this stunning butterfly, you have done this little winged creature proud! Congrats
macjake (69143) 2013-09-21 0:47
photographing butterflies! thats hard to do!
I'm really impressed with people who can skillfully pull it off with those cool Macro lenses and we get that amazing SUPER CLOSE UP SHOTS, we don't see those here on TE.
I would think its even hard enough to get this photo too! With my luck i'd scare it off every time lol
Silvio will love this one for sure as he's a huge butterfly-guy.
and as you mentioned, its great to see the blue colors of the Male.
fine shot my friend, I probably wouldn't have even attempted it! the out of focus bg is sweet too.
have a great weekend
jemaflor (98771) 2013-09-21 1:05
Well managed this close up, good focus on flowers and butterfly, nice tones and light, tfs.
ourania (47120) 2013-09-21 1:44
a very fine composition with beautiful light and colours. I love the point of view that allows us to see both the exterior and the interior of the wings as well as the whole of the flower the butterfly has climbed on. The frame is filled with interesting and appealing patterns and colours while the blurry backdrop is playful and delightful too. The fine clear light is agreeable and invigorating. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
Kugart (1778) 2013-09-21 2:17
Lovely well composed macro of this butterfly on the plant. Fantastic colours and clarity allows us to see the fantastic markings on the wings and the little fine furry hairs on the edge. The blurred green background makes it really stand out.
Miguel82 (27646) 2013-09-21 4:07
This is an excellent observation Noel, an entomologist picture, good macro with vivid colors, high sharpness, good exposition, a successful capture from the countryside, thanks, have a nice We
snunney (100740) 2013-09-21 4:17
Superb close-up on this beautiful butterfly captured amongst the thistles. Colours and detail are magnificent to behold. Have a good weekend.
cornejo (43533) 2013-09-21 4:26
Hi Noel, very good macro of this beautiful composition naturalist, perfectly captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, light and color. Excellent and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy Sunday.
All the best from southern Spain.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-09-21 8:23
Hello Noel - I love the soft colours here and the way the focus is sharp on the closest wing and dreamily soft elsewhere. Really well done an oh so pretty! Warmest regards Rosemary
Indrasish (2939) 2013-09-21 9:08
Excellent shot again.. Perfect pic for TN.. Like the composition and good focusing.. Nice colors and superb image quality too.. The blurred bg creates the original atmosphere.. Very well done my friend.. And thanks for attaching an interesting note with it..
Good night and best wishes from Kolkata..
fabbs99 (17167) 2013-09-21 9:28
I love this butterfly having his food.Beautiful colors and a lovely shot.Good sharpness and a fabulous presentation. TFS.
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-09-21 10:06
Absolutely stunning macro shot Noel!
Sharp,clear and excellently zoomed.I like also vivid and so nicely contrasting colors.
And finally of course the "main star" here-this butterfly looks beautiful!
Well done my friend!
Have a nice evening
goodwill (4226) 2013-09-21 10:10
if this is a male butterfly, which is blue in color, then overexposing has a deep meaning.
Only then more and more brown butterflies shall come!!
Ha ha ha......
Exposure is on the brighter side........could be more dynamic with a f/stop of 7.1.
The blur at the Bg is impressive.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-09-21 14:12
a volte - soprattutto noi amanti della fotografia - ci soffermiano davanti ai paesaggi grandiosi e ci esaltiamo per essi cercando di riprenderli al meglio, dimenticando che invece le cose pił belle possono essere davanti ai nostri occhi in formato minuscolo.
Basta concentrare lo sgurdo sulle piccole cose e si scoprono meravoglie della natura che sono meritevole di essere ammirate e bene hai fatto a riprendere questo momento di particolare bellezza.
Oltretutto la farfalla ha dei solori piuttosto insoliti e delle belle sfumature di colore che meritavano di essere fissate in un fotogramma.
Un ottimo lavoro che hai completato con delle note molto dettagliate.
Ciao e buona domenica
photoray (13981) 2013-09-22 6:05
Like everyone else a fine closeup view of the thistle flowers and magical butterfly.
I have never seen this guy before and doubt if the specie exists in the U.S.
Fine resolution with natural saturated color patterns,
adores (45715) 2013-10-11 16:46
Different from your usual and a very nice shot to remind us of summer. Good focus! The butterfly is perfect and I like the light. Good shot!
kim_gwan (418) 2013-11-03 22:40
Splendid close up on this hairy butterfly.
Did you capture it using your new DSLR?
A pity the shot is abit off sharpness.
Keep taking such shots ;)
COSTANTINO (66202) 2014-01-27 4:04
amazing delicate capture of a common blue butterfly
but is it a common butterfly?
in my opinion it is fantastic do delicate
colorful and decorative
artistic shot with the strange flower
beautiful macro shot of a difficult
subject perfectly executed
have a nice evening
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-06-09 22:06
a ravishing image that can easily become an appealing poetry!!