Elegant Blossoms by Ken McElroy

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Early morning at Santa Cruz, California (USA) Monarch refuge, before the air temperature warms and these delicate blossoms dissipate into the winds.

Sadly, as another “Earth Day” observation nears, the evidence suggests that the population of these most delicate and beautiful of earth’s creatures is in danger as we watch populations dwindle. Without the most attentive possible stewardship of our environment in the coming years, images such as this could be our only touchstone with such stunning beauty.

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Canon EOS-1D, Mark II, Canon 500 f4L IS – 1/100@ f/4.5, ISO 200 Bogen 3411 w Wimberley style head. Processed in Adobe Lightroom 2.

“Elegant Blossoms”


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3rd Generation Montanan, raised with a camera in hand, matriculated at U of M (GRIZ) with degrees in History and Creative Writing. Amassing Canon gear to enjoy in my retirement. I spend whatever time I can in Yellowstone and various other Montana wild venues.

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  • yolanda
    yolandaabout 6 years ago

    Wow great image. How many butterflies are there, I have trouble finding one to photograph. Well done :-))

  • Jeff Stroud
    Jeff Stroudabout 6 years ago

    Great Shot! beautifully framed!

  • jamayaphoto
    jamayaphotoabout 6 years ago

    wonderful shot! They look like true extensions of the leaves…very lovely.

  • Ken McElroy
    Ken McElroyabout 6 years ago

    Thank you for the compliments folks – this is one of my favorites.

  • WendyJC
    WendyJCabout 6 years ago

    so amazing to see this many together!

    such a wonderful natural capture

  • jinney
    jinneyabout 6 years ago

    OMG-this is sooooooooooooo mighty!
    How fantastic to see so many pretty monarches!
    Gorgious capture!

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomabout 6 years ago

    What a wonderful shot. When I was a child we went to see the place near us where the Monarchs were all over like this. It was sight I will never forget.

  • John Hooton
    John Hootonabout 6 years ago

    Great picture of one of nature’s coolest events. :-))

  • Thanks John – spent hours photographing here – hundreds of images – this was the crown jewel.

    – Ken McElroy

  • Holly Kempe
    Holly Kempeabout 6 years ago

    What a beautiful photo!! So well composed! Congratulations Ken!

  • Thank you very much, Holly.

    – Ken McElroy

  • Sheri Scherbarth
    Sheri Scherbarthabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful shot.

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