This shot of two Queen Butterflies was taken at the butterfly house at Hershey Gardens in Hershey Pennsylvania.

The Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) seemed to be the Queens’ favorite.

Canon 5D
Voigtländer SL Macro APO-Lanthar 125mm
1/1000 @ f/2.5 (ISO 400)
RAW capture converted through DxO

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Photo taken 7/11/10 at the Hershey Garden’s Butterfly House in Hershey Pennsylvania

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butterfly, echinacea purpurea, flower, hershey, pennsylvania, purple coneflower, queen, cone flower, danaus gilippus

Tim Devine is a landscape and nature photographer from Central Pennsylvania.

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  • Curtiss Simpson
    Curtiss Simpsonabout 4 years ago

    This is beautiful excellent detail and color !!

  • Thank you Curtiss! I was shooting wide open, I was lucky enough to get a nice plane of focus on the butterflies and the coneflower. You can actually see the pollen in the coneflower. Thanks again!

    – Tim Devine

  • Aaron Campbell
    Aaron Campbellabout 4 years ago

    Terrific color, focus and DoF, Tim!

  • Thanks Aaron! I could have spent hours in the butterfly house!

    – Tim Devine

  • Vicki Pelham
    Vicki Pelhamabout 4 years ago

    superb capture, love the dof here…..

  • Thank you Vicki! Every once in a while I get a shot where I have shallow DoF and it works out. Just plain luck on this one.

    – Tim Devine

  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...about 4 years ago

    Lovely capture! Excellent clarity, DoF, and detail!

  • Thank you Dave and Trena, much appreciated!

    – Tim Devine

  • Luís Lajas
    Luís Lajasabout 4 years ago

    Excellent photography, really wonderful

  • Thank you for the kind words Luís!

    – Tim Devine

  • mikrin
    mikrinabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful color and detail Tim! Well done!

  • Thanks Mike! Always struggle to get DoF on these types of shots…so I thought I’d throw it all to the wind and shoot wide open. Amazingly enough I got most of what I wanted in the plane of focus.

    – Tim Devine

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKabout 4 years ago

    Magnificent Macro capture.

  • Thank you Don! Seems like my favorite photography is macro and landscape. Don’t know why it is, but I seem to be drawn to either near or far!

    – Tim Devine

  • Monte Morton
    Monte Mortonabout 4 years ago


  • Thanks Monte!

    – Tim Devine

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusterabout 4 years ago

    Great perspective on that left hand butterfly, beautiful image. I’m a Pa. native, myself and used to drive thru Hershey to get home in Annville! Dee

  • Thanks Dee, I’m originally from near Reading but have lived in the area for about 18 years. I need to get to the butterfly house at Hershey Gardens more than I do. Sometimes I seem to neglect the things that are near to me…thinking I have to travel to find beauty.

    – Tim Devine

  • Brenda Burnett
    Brenda Burnettabout 4 years ago

    Tim, this is a magnificent image. Beautiful composition and colors. Brenda

  • Much appreciated Brenda! I was so pleased when I saw this on my computer. I always have trouble with butterflies..they never seem to cooperate! (Kind of like my kids….) :-)

    – Tim Devine

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