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Ready for take off..... by Kathy Reid

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Top 10 place in Macro Winged Creatures in Backyard Macro & closeups Group 27th June 2010

2nd place in Butterfly, Freedom Challenge in ‘If it doesn’t belong group’ 19 April 2010

Seconds after this Monarch butterfly emerged it lost its footing and landed in a heap on the garden. Fortunately I was there at the time and gave it a twig to climb onto so it could hang naturally for the wings to develop and dry normally.
Now it’s ready to take off for it’s first flight….

Shot in natural light with Canon 450D and
Canon 100mm macro lens, hand held


  • Sarah Jennings
    Sarah Jenningsover 4 years ago

    Stunning :o)

  • Thanks so much Sarah for your visit and comment!

    – Kathy Reid

  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanover 4 years ago

    beautiful Kathy, love that light shining thru those gorgeous wings!

  • Thanks Jenny, seeing the light shine through the wings promoted me to go and get the camera!

    – Kathy Reid

  • Lozzar Flowers & Art
    Lozzar Flowers...over 4 years ago

    Perfect capture and lovely butterfly.

  • Thanks a lot Lorraine :))

    – Kathy Reid

  • Sonya Byrne
    Sonya Byrneover 4 years ago

    Great capture Kathy

  • Hi Sonya, thanks so much!

    – Kathy Reid

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Houseover 4 years ago

    Such a beautiful capture Kathy – and you a knight in shining armour and all…Lol
    You have such pretty butterflies…we don’t seem to have many here at all!

  • Thanks Sharon, I was there just at the right moment!
    Monarchs seem to be the only vibrant butterflies I’ve found here in NZ!

    – Kathy Reid

  • Rick Playle
    Rick Playleover 4 years ago

    What a Grand capture you have here
    well done indeed
    cheers rick

  • Hi Rick, thanks so much for your comment!

    – Kathy Reid

  • TracyD
    TracyDover 4 years ago

    What a beautiful capture Kathy, love the colour!

  • Hi Tracy, thanks so much!

    – Kathy Reid

  • Svetlana Sewell
    Svetlana Sewellover 4 years ago

    Crisp and gorgeous!

  • Thanks so much Lana!

    – Kathy Reid

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 4 years ago

    sensational capture

  • Thanks a lot Kathy!

    – Kathy Reid

  • maxy
    maxyover 4 years ago

    Such a beauty and she couldn’t get much higher up there! This is so beautiful! I’m so very very thrilled you were there to rescue her and see her take off! Bless you for that!!! xx

  • Thanks Maxy, we’ve had a odd rescue or two this season!

    – Kathy Reid

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