Butterfly ~ Monarch Butterfly by Kimberly Chadwick

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Taken at Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum using a Canon Powershot SX10IS

The monarch is known throughout North America for its vast migrations and communal winter roostings, as well as its poisonous properties and resulting mimicry by the vicery. The strength of its poison varies by individual, between sexes, and among populations, depending upon which milkweed has been ingested.

To send chemical messages to females, males have pronounced black spots, or scent pouches on their hind wings and elongated hairs called hair-pencils on their abdomens.

Though not abundant in the Southwest, there are pockets of breeding monarchs where milkweeds are available. More people see monarchs during their 3,000-mile fall-migration southward from Canada than at any other time of the year. The monarchs’ strong flight, which averages around ten miles per hour, enables them to evade predators relatively easily.

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My goal is to get my name out there among the vast ocean of Natural photographers. To be known for my skill with a Point & Shoot~

My images are not photo shopped. They have only been adjusted with basic sharpening, contrasting & saturation techniques. I believe that in order to appreciate Nature, you have to capture it as it is, naturally.

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  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 5 years ago

    A very nice shot of this fine fellow. Great color scheme.

  • It is the first one I every saw, so I was thrilled! I would have liked to have gotten better shots, but I was so thrilled I didn’t want to miss what I could get…

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 5 years ago

    I was just visiting the Massachusetts coast where thousands of Monarchs congregate for their annual migration. I saw quite a few, but I didn’t get to the primary meeting grounds! They are quite profuse hereabouts, one of our most common butterflies. I think you did very well indeed!

  • Thank you very much for the kind words darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIonealmost 5 years ago

    Your shot was just beautiful!

  • Many, many thanks~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIonealmost 5 years ago

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  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 4 years ago

    This is just lovely, really great work.

  • Thank you my friend. Not as close as I would have liked, but they were flighty and I was thankful to have gotten one at all..lol

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • S .
    S .over 4 years ago

    gorgeous .. love the colors here ! how cool

  • Thank you darlin so much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • EagleHunter
    EagleHunterover 4 years ago

    Nothing says beauty like butterflies and flowers!

  • It is hard not to capture those images. Something peaceful and happy about them. Thank you so much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Malcolm Chant
    Malcolm Chantover 4 years ago
    This is a great capture you have also great detail of this beauty.
  • Thank you so very much Malcolm. I do appreciate you taking the time to peek in my little world!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • snapdecisions
    snapdecisionsover 4 years ago

    These are always lovely subjects Kimberly , Another fine example here ! , Trev

  • Trev, your support is appreciated! Thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...over 4 years ago

    very nice shot Kimberly

  • Many thanks Dave!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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