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It's Been a Long Summer!

It's Been a Long Summer!
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-22 8:14
Viewed: 2674
Points: 60
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Summer is a long season in Southern Arizona. It began in May and seems to be continuing through October. This butterfly and the bouganvillea show signs of age and may be a hint that a change is around the corner. I'm afraid I will never know which butterfly is which - I hope somebody will identify this one.

Thank you everyone for the ID!

Painted Lady

The Painted Lady is probably the most widespread butterfly in the world.
They are found all over the North American continent, ranging north into the sub-arctic and south to Panama. Painted Ladies are also found in Asia, Africa, and Europe - they especially like living near flowery meadows and mountaintops.

These butterflies migrate from south to north in the late spring. In cold climates, you can see Painted Ladies between March and October. In some southern deserts, they live all year round.

The butterfly has four wings - two hindwings and two forewings - that are symmetrical in pattern and shape. The upper surface of Painted Lady Butterfly wings is mostly black, brown, and orange. There are also some white spots and red and blue markings. The underside of the wings are gray, with white and red markings. Butterflies have three pair of legs - each divided into five parts. At the end of the legs are tiny spurs that help them land and stay on plants or perches.


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Hi Jane... :)

Beautifully composed and lit butterfly I like the vibrant colors and the darker BG. Can't help with the ID... sorry. Thanks so much for sharing this "end of summer" image.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-10-22 9:05]

Hi Jane,
Wonderful shot of this gorgeous looking butterfly on the red flowers. Though I cannot properly ID it it seems like it had seen better days. Nice pose captured and you have handled the harsh light pretty well. Very neat and sharp image with perfect DOF and chosen POV.

Ciao Jane,
bellissima cattura di questa farfalla cosmopolita (Vanessa cardui Painted Lady), eccellenti POV e composizione con la posa su questi fiori dai colori contrastati e con uno stupendo BG, molto buona la definizione.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-22 9:45]

Hello Jane,
A fine capture of a Painted Lady butterfly well composed with good sharpness on the red flowers (Bougainvilla?) taken in excellent lighting to reveal the features of the underside of the wings.
TFS this fine late summer image,

Hi gallery neighbor,
This is a fine capture of this Painted Lady that we also have here! Colors and composition are agreeable to look at with great texture on the butterfly's wings. Those pink flowers are superb!

Hello Jane,
Excellent shot,very sharp, nice colors and light,
thanks for sharing,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-22 10:24]

Hello Jane,
Very good pose photo, I love the composition, the sharpness and the great colours and perfect dof. My compliments.
Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-22 10:55]

Hello Jane,
A beautiful photo in great sharpness and details. The flowers take as much attention as the butterfly through their striking colours. Excellent DOF and BG.

Hi Jane,

another butterfly from you and an good one.
Here are they almost gone, it's autumn.

This one are in good composition and colours.
Exelent details and sharpness.
This specie comes also in The Netherlands and I have been posted him also on TN.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-22 12:20]

Hi Jane. I see you now have the ID of the Butterfly. I wish i could say its been a long hot summer we had our first frost on the car today . You have captured a fine close up with good detail and colours. Well done TFS.

Hi Jane,
nice to see this species again a short time later. Several minutes ago, I saw it in Radomir's post from Ukraine. Now, it is from America. I think this is one of the most common butterflies, near cosmopolite. Your macro-sho wonderful with superb sharp details, POV and colors. Beautiful flowers nicely composed. Thanks for sharing this beauty, well done.

hello Jane

here in Montréal area this morning early,
we had our first very very very small snowflakes,

beautiful shot of this butterfly with a excellent POV and framing,
very beautiful luminosity and colours of all the image,
with excellent sharpness and details of the subject, TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-10-22 20:03]

Simply beautiful Jane,
The Painted Lady is one of my favorites and this image shows off it's natural beauty in such a wonderful way. The clarity and detail in the butterfly and flower are outstanding!!
Very nice composition with just the right DOF. TFS.

Hello Jane

I see the colours in this shot and I am amazed.
The focus is very good with lovely detail.
Wonderful POV and DOF,the OOF BG really makes this come to life in a 3D look.
Excellent lighting.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-22 22:57]

Hi Jane.
What an amazing subject and superb texture reproduction. Petals of the flower and wings of the butterfly are looked greatly. I like impressive lighting and rich colours of the image as well as uncommon and suitable for richly coloured main objects neutral BG. My compliments and TFS.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-23 2:18]

Hi Jane

Great close up with sharp detail and great lighting.

Got back from Namibia yesterday at 4.30am.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-23 3:59]

Hi Jane,you're lucky to live there! In my country are the last days of butterflies!Your pic is a great beauty,perfect details of the butterfly and fantastics colors too,very great work,my best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Jane, beautiful composition with lovely butterfly and wonderful flowers, fantastic colors, fine details and great sharpness, good blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi My Big Sis,
Excellent macro capture of a butterfly -I saw so many in Cyprus today:)-with nicely composition, details and sharpness!
TFS and greetings from Cyprus. Take care!

Ps. I re-uploaded the shell -which I have not upload the same shot in any other site- again. Hoping it is permanent for TN!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-23 13:04]

This is a beautiful butterfly, Jane!
Lovely colours and light.
Great composition.
Good DOF.

Well done,

Hi Jane,
Very good capture of this Painted Lady with a flower. Good POV and composition, sharp details and very beautiful colours.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-23 20:42]

Hello Jane, So many different creatures and so many different colors and design. This is a very nice shot showing the wing colors and presented superbly. Well done Ganesh

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-24 5:40]

Hello Jane,
This Painted Lady looks beautiful on the Bougainvillea! Great focus and lovely light and colours! A fine neutral background and an excellent composition too. Well done!
TFS and kind regards, Ulla

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-10-24 8:29]

Hola Cousin.
I am very happy to be back here again, I have been very busy last cuple of months You konw, but now here I am again.
I really like this Macro photo. Very clear and excellent light. The pose in the flowers and the BG gives a natural touch.
A lot of Painted ladies are arround here too. I guess passing to a warmer places.
Saludos My dear cousin.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-24 14:33]

Hello Jane! Brilliant composition and a fantastic image, sharp details and a great exposure, well done again! Have a great weekend!


Amazing photo. Perfectly vivid yet real color. Excellent depth of field and great composition. Just love it! Love the detail in the butterfly. These shots are perfect for us learning to identify species.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-26 21:48]

Hello Jane,
Beautiful explosion of color in this exceptional composition my dear, Thank you for this and your kind words for Lucy.

Nice job Jane,
Love the complimentary color scheme, and the color itself is excellent!

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2008-11-08 23:40]

Hi Jane.

Excellent capture amcro, great composition and good contrast ,colors and point ogf view.


Hello Jane.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.
Very good details.

Jose Luis.

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