I’m not usually into butterflies much. I guess that’s because I never paid a lot of attention to them. I don’t know why, as they are beautiful creaatures. I was watching the birds at the San Angelo State Park wildlife viewing area this morning. Right outside the window is a plant of Yellow Lantana and as I watched, this butterfly, later identified as a Gulf Fritillary landed on it. It took it’s time, going from blossom to another.
He (or she?) was only about eight feet away. I decided to try and get a good sharp picture, maybe freeze the action. I turnd on my on-camera flash, set the aperture at f16 and took the shot. The shutter speed was only 1/250 per sec, but the flash duration was much higher and that is what got the sharp image. I am very pleased with the result.
My wife and I are still starting to see more shorebirds at O. C. Fisher lake. Great Blue Herons, American Avocets, Black-necked Stilts, and some sandpipers that are too far away to identify. Soon there will be more species like the Long-billed Curlew, White-faced Ibises, Pelicans, etc. Hopefully it won’t be too long, as I am geting impatient.
In other news, my Epson R1800 Stylus Photo printer was giving me problems for awhile, so I thought maybe it was time for a new one. I ordered and received a new R1900. I unpacked it this afternoon and got it running. It is doing an excellent job. However, during the interim while waiting for the new one, I corrected the problem on the old R1800. Instead of shipping the new one back I decided to keep it. I will keep the old one as a back-up unless I dispose of it by selling it.