Rotary Eco Gardens, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
September 24, 2010
I watched the Monarch land on a number of flowers before finally settling on this Giant Sunflower. Unfortunately, I had my 17 to 70 on because I’d been taking macro shots of the sunflowers and others nearby and, as we all know, Monarchs don’t sit in one spot for too long, so I didn’t think I’d have time to change lenses. Anyway, I moved the tripod a little closer, step by step, until I figured I was near enough to get a half decent shot. Well, I could have changed lenses, retied my shoelaces and had a pee during the time this butterfly rested on the flower. You never know, eh?
Helianthus giganteus (Giant Sunflower or Tall Sunflower), is a species of Helianthus native to the eastern United States and southeastern Canada, from Nova Scotia and Ontario west to Minnesota and south to Mississippi and Georgia.
It is a perennial herbaceous plant growing up to 4 m tall. The leaves are slender, lanceolate. The flower heads are bright yellow, up to 7 cm diameter. They are most commonly found in valleys with wet meadows or swamps.
Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 17 to 70 at 70 mm
iso 400, spot metered, aperture priority F9.0, 1/200 second