Sunday, December 27, 2015

Red Car Property Neighborhood: Sometimes, You Just Make Art

*Stuff you missed this year...
Photo: Diane Edwardson.  July 6, 2015.  When you shoot a lot of butterflies, you invariably make a lot of art.  They simply move too fast, like Gulf Fritillaries. (Click on photos to enlarge.) 
Photo: Diane Edwardson, March 7, 2015.  The most common butterflies, Cabbage Whites, actually have variations of white and cream in their wings.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 3, 2015.  Cabbage Whites are usually in constant motion so capturing their wing movement is pretty cool.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 18, 2015.  Another common butterfly, a Marine Blue only showed up blue when the light was right.  I'd actually never seen one look as blue as this one right after the July rainstorm that dumped an inch of rain on the neighborhood.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, March 15, 2015.  Monarchs became common this year.  Credit native milkweed restoration efforts.  Note: The Monarch here is on non-native, invasive wild radish.

The warmest March on record had butterflies on overdrive.  Butterflies are cold blooded and warm up with the sun. 
Photo: Diane Edwardson, March 7, 2015.  Myths of faeries in gardens gain credibility when the light cast a shadow from the eye of the Cabbage White.  I couldn't have created this shot if I tried, it just happened.  Magic can happen if you just shoot.

*Stuff You Missed This Year is our annual wrap up of interesting photos and things we just didn't have a chance to run, because everything seems to always happen at the same time.