Featured in Bugs and Animals on Flowers May 31, 2012.
Top Ten in the “Flap Your Wings in Pennsylvania” challenge in the Welcome Pennsylvania group March 8, 2011.
Featured in Backyard Macro and Close-Ups November 28, 2010.
Featured in #1 Artists of RedBubble March 25, 2010.
Featured in Friends of Bangor and North Down Camera Club, Northern Ireland August 23, 2009.

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This little image is only one of nearly 400 (yes, I discovered the rapid fire thingie on the new camera over the weekend) I took of these most amazing creatures. It means the world to me that I was able to play with them as I’ve never seen a Monarch in our garden in Maryland. The “lawn” to the cabin next to ours on Blue Knob Mountain in Claysburg Pennsylvania has been left uncut all summer … and the most incredible wild vegetation has grown up. One is this pretty purple flowered stalk … which happen to be very much beloved by the Monarch Butterflies.

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Image taken with the Nikon D300 and the 70-300mm vr Nikon lens at shutter speed 1/160, aperture f/10.0, exp 0.00, iso 800. Focal length 220mm.

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  • tessabishop
    tessabishopover 5 years ago

    Such stunning clarity and colour Lois – truly breathtaking!

  • Thank you so much, Tessa … I have always yearned for a Monarch to visit my garden at home … and there up at the cabin were zillions of the things!!! I was like a kid in a candy store … lol … it’s that old “be careful what you wish for” thing I guess!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 5 years ago

    A very PRETTY capture!!!!!

  • Oh, Lori, thank you sweetheart!!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous! Stunning!,,,,,,,did you see the one I uploaded yesterday hon? I watched it hatch then waited till I could get a full photo of it,,,,,,,about 1 1/2 hours!! Come on I’ll show you…………

  • Vickie … your darling baby is SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Thank you so much for the invite!!!!! Can’t wait to see your response to my note, lolol!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredover 5 years ago


  • Thank you so much … soooo happy you liked it!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous, super capture Lois …

  • Tom, thank you so so much!!!!!!! Know anybody who needs about 399 butterfly shots???? OOOOO that rapid fire button on that camera!!!!! Did it ever get me in trouble!!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 5 years ago

    simply…. perfect!

  • Awww .. .Maggie thank you so much!!!!!! I was soo excited to see these guys flitting and playing and dancing in the air with each other … got some shots of that too, but each time they were a bit too far apart when the shutter snapped. But what a joy to see!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • AndyReeve
    AndyReeveover 5 years ago

    Beautiful. Thinks – must start saving for a macro lens.

  • Andy, thank you so so much!!!!! And yes … DO get a macro lens!!!! But I have to tell you this was actually shot with my 70-300mm vr … you can’t get toooo close to your subject (which, when you’re shooting butterflies and most bugs and birds is a good thing) … but it also gives the world’s greatest bokeh!!!!! It’s got a sweet spot on aperture from about f/9 to f/13 … but once I figured that out (on this camera, but anything worked on the D40x for some reason) … it was smooth sailing!!!! Sorry I rambled on, lol!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • SelinaEM
    SelinaEMover 5 years ago


  • Thank you, Angel!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • FelicityB
    FelicityBover 5 years ago


  • Thank you, Felicity!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanover 5 years ago

    Beautiful details and colours Lois, magnificent!!

  • Shaun … thank you so very much!!!! I’m so happy you liked it, too!!

    – Lois Bryan

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