First Butterfly of the Season!

I shot these just a few minutes ago in my own back yard, using my lowly iPhone 11.

Often called a cabbage butterfly, I believe this is a male Pieries rapae.
It was accidentally introduced to Quebec, Canada, around 1860 and spread rapidly throughout North America. –Wikipedia, Howe, William H. (1975). The Butterflies of North America. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday. ISBN 978-0-385-04926-9.

Becky’s April Bright Square Challenge #20

Here are my latest entries to Becky of Winchester’s April Bright Square Photo Challenge.

I captured this interesting blossom a couple of days ago. I’ve no idea what it is, but it sure is pretty!
This fellow isn’t super bright, but if you look at the center of the eyelets on its wing, there’s an interesting shade of blue. As for its eyes, they reflect the sunlight with a color reminiscent of amber.

Lens-Artists Challenge #144 – Taking Flight

Here are my contribution to Lens-Artists photo challenge #144 – Taking Flight.

This bee is actually zooming in for a landing.
This was a difficult capture but I think it looks pretty cool.
This honeybee is just getting ready to take off.
This dragonfly looks like it has a big smile on its face.

Becky’s Bright Square Challenge – April 8

This is my entry for Becky B of Life of B’s April Bright Square Challenge. According to my photo editor, this image is equal in length and width. So why does it look (to me) as if it’s taller than wider?

From last Summer

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #139 – Special Moments

I took this photograph on June 20, 2002 in Maui. I was driving the Road to Hana and pulled over. Walking into the forest I came across this waterfall where people were jumping into the reservoir below. Luckily I had a waterproof disposable camera, so I was able to join in the fun. The very next day, I turned 40 years of age. A special moment indeed.

I took this photo on September 16 of last year. I was having a difficult time making any sort of a decent capture with my camera. The strap got a bit tangled around my wrist, and while trying to untangle it, I inadvertently snapped this shot. Another special moment.

Baltimore is one of those cities with a lot of one way thoroughfares. If you make a wrong turn, unless you’re very familiar with the city, you will get lost in a heartbeat. That’s what happened to me. The day was winding down and I was beginning to panic because rush hour was on the verge of beginning. I saw this view in my rearview mirror and decided to take advantage. I stopped my car, hopped out and took this shot. The people behind me in traffic were less than pleased, but I saw many cars taking my same route.