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Balancing Act
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I caught this Swallowtail Butterfly refueling himself on some clover last spring. The image was taken at Horn Rapids Park on the Yakima River about 8 miles from my home. ----------- An interesting fact about this park is that during WWII it was an Italian Prisoner of War camp. The prisoners worked in the local agricultural areas. When the war ended, a good portion of them made this area their home.


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10/08/04 3:25 AM GMT
I just dont know how you do it Michael! Perfect shot, lovely colors, 10+++ and into the favorites!!!
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10/08/04 5:54 AM GMT
Butterflies are the way to my just make the trip smoother!!!! Lovely image Michael...the way the flower in the backgroud is very blurred yet the the flower the butterfly is resting on is sharp makes this quite intriguing!! Into my fav's and thank you :))
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Always, Mimi
10/08/04 7:01 AM GMT
Beautifull. wonderfull shot. and thnx for historical background ;)
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10/08/04 7:45 AM GMT
agree with everyone.. it is beautiful.. looks lovely as desktop.. well done michael
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The human heart feels things the eyes cannot see, and knows what the mind cannot understand. --Robert Vallett
10/08/04 12:18 AM GMT
Agree with them all...sooooo beautiful..10+++
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Ange "If you can't walk, crawl. If you can't crawl, find someone to carry you." Firefly
10/08/04 12:38 AM GMT
Wow...the colors in this are simply amazing. It just jumps off the screen at you! Amazing shot Michael!
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"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night" - Edgar Allan Poe
10/08/04 12:49 AM GMT
Michael, this is just lovely. Nature is at it's best when in your there with your camera my friend.
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~Smiler's never lose and frowner's never win~
10/08/04 1:42 PM GMT
This is a perfect photo! Love the color and composition.
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10/08/04 1:51 PM GMT
Beautiful piece of work Michael. Interesting information also, thanks for that. One detail though I think that the butterfly is a kind of swallowtail not a monarch, but I may be mistaken. Still a beautiful work of nature.Cheers.Al.
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"I don't know why I did it, I don't know why I enjoyed it, and I don't know why I'll do it again." Matt Groening
10/08/04 3:47 PM GMT
Everything that I could say has already been said, your photography is just amazing michael.. We're all so blessed to have you sharing it with us! thank you! 10/10 and into favs.
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"We may throw the dice, but the LORD determines how they fall." -- NLT Proverbs 16:33
10/08/04 3:53 PM GMT
This is striking. Well composed for desktop use. A delicate balance of colors. Very nice.
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There are two ways to spread the light. To be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. -Edith Wharton
10/08/04 8:16 PM GMT
Nice focus and colors. The orange background is different.
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10/08/04 8:37 PM GMT
*stares in awe* That's so neat! The colours are awesome! How do you do it??
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10/08/04 11:26 PM GMT
What a master with a camera!
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Life is Short... Eat Dessert First! Steve & Bev :)
10/09/04 1:54 AM GMT
A 10 for sure. I love the background color.
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10/09/04 8:10 PM GMT
This image is so beautiful. lovely!!
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10/11/04 12:33 AM GMT
Absolutely beautiful. Perfect 10.
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10/11/04 9:29 PM GMT
this is such a wonderful shot. i think that it's great because you took it in a place where there was so much hopelessness in the past. now look, all you see is beauty and good fortune! thanks for sharing.
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jem184 "only you can make your dreams come true!"
10/12/04 9:28 PM GMT
Excellent capture.. all I can say :)
and the colours are beautifull... wonderfull Job you did!
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Just be.
11/27/04 5:03 PM GMT
Hi Micheal, I just love this shot, and always marvel at how you experts capture these images. I love butterflies and can't grasp the idea of how it's done. I gave you a 10/10. Sincerely , Marilyn
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01/06/05 11:23 PM GMT
beautiful butterfly! I love the colors in this photo too.
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01/22/05 6:37 PM GMT
Very pretty picture!
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01/30/05 8:40 PM GMT
A fantastic nature shot. I like the color balance of the golden background with the bold colors and outlines of the butterfly.
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03/14/05 7:59 PM GMT
This is awesome! To think anyone could actually take this kind of photo is a minor miracle!! are such a grand picture colours in the butterly wings pick right up on the colours in the flowers..its as tho they are sunkissed with yellows!! Just wonderfu! love this pic...congrats!!
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If you can't make waves, make ripples!!
05/17/05 3:32 PM GMT
Wonderful. The colors go so well together. Great shot.
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07/22/05 8:39 PM GMT
This is so wonderfully soothing! You have no idea what this does to an office environment; I put it on the receptionist's computer as the background and sole image in a slide show screensaver. The whole room seems different. The colors are amazing, the detail precise where it needs to be and weak where it should be also. The depth of field couldn't be better. I did notice a slight amount of noise, but that does not stop me from giving it a 10.
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12/24/05 1:36 PM GMT
Fantastic photo !! Well done, and very interesting words . 10 from me in the vb. Thanks for sharing :)

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05/10/07 11:59 AM GMT
This is amazing! I love the light, the colours, the composition, the theme...
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>Ce sourire de l'âme, préférable au rire de la bouche.< Voltaire
09/12/07 3:04 AM GMT
What beauty! The swallowtail stands out perfectly against that background! I love the colors.
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08/30/10 4:25 PM GMT
Really nice capture! I think this is probably the Anise Swallowtail. Very nicely done!
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