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A field of sunflowers is the perfect playground and background for a Painted Lady butterfly.

Colby Farm, Newbury, Massachusetts USA
Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens
Focal length 400mm, Exposure 1/60 sec at f/8, ISO 400
Manfrotto 190CX3 tripod with Arcatech ballhead

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300+ Go Long! August 26 2012

During an unexpected chance to experience Africa, a seed was planted. Nurtured by subsequent forays into wild places, this photographer was born.

Jacques Cousteau said “People protect what they love.” And we’ve all heard that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, enough with this. My photography says the rest. Thanks for listening.

Sylvia J. Zarco
aka Owed to Nature

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  • Owed to Nature
    Owed to Natureover 2 years ago

  • Poete100
    Poete100over 2 years ago

    Lovely, lovely and with Painted Lady butterfly!!!

  • Thank you Lorraine! Though there were plenty of these lovely butterfies, there were bees too and the bees kept chasing the butterflies off the flowers. And when the butterflies did get a flower all to themselves, they didn’t keep still nor did they open their wings much so I’m thrilled I got a shot showing their beautiful orange and black and even managed to be in focus! Ah, the fun of chasing nature… ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 2 years ago

    Wow, very beautiful shot xx

  • Thank you Lynn! Finding these colorful beauties right in the middle of all the sunflowers sure was a fun treat! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Thank you very much Ray!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Ken McElroy
    Ken McElroyover 2 years ago

  • Thank you so much Ken for this feature. Very much appreciate the honor and privilege! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • jozi1
    jozi1over 2 years ago

    Stunning,Sylvia :)

  • Thank you very much Tony! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltover 2 years ago

    you waited long enough for butterfly to land on the middle of the flower. lovely result

  • Thanks Luda! So many flowers, so many butterflies but so many chances I missed! But wildlife photography teaches me patience so lucky, finally, I got one! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • marilyn diaz
    marilyn diazover 2 years ago

    Perfection. Just beautiful.

  • You are far too kind but I greatly enjoy and appreciate your kindness. Thank you Marilyn! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 2 years ago


  • Thank you Lorilee!

    – Owed to Nature

    JUSTARTover 2 years ago

    beautiful work

  • Thank you very much. I do believe there is a Sylvia hiding behind both our usernames… So happy to thank you Sylvia! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

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