The Second Time Around

© Val Feldman

The Second Time Around

Maria A. Gonzalez 6/7/2010 4:13:05 AM

A beautiful capture of one of your babies,Valerie...The lighting is beautiful so are the colors..Excellent detail and composition..Isn't wonderful to be able to see the transformation of these beautiful and loved creatures...It is like magic and such an incredible experience...
Don't be sad they know you took good care of them and they may return to see you soon,never know..
Have a great day,my butterfly loving friend. #1276170

Douglas Pignet 6/7/2010 4:23:45 AM

Everything about this image is there, right light,colors and comp. Very well done #8670709

Ellen Hodges 6/7/2010 4:35:10 AM

Exquisite capture, Val! The detail and beauty are extremely beautiful!! Have a great Monday! Nice story, too! #8670723

Anita Hogue 6/7/2010 4:41:34 AM

WOW, she's gorgeous! #8670737

Sabrina Ryan 6/7/2010 4:44:19 AM

Pretty capture, proud Mama! #8670743

Patricia Seidler 6/7/2010 4:49:25 AM

What a beauty Valarie. Terrific color, lighting and incredible detail. Your narrative is also a masterpiece. Im sure we will see this one again. #8670753

Jeff Robinson 6/7/2010 4:58:18 AM

A wonderful capture and experience Valarie! Thanks for sharing it with us! Jeff #8670777

Robert R. Goodman 6/7/2010 5:00:41 AM

Hi Valarie,Those little butterflies seem to be everywhere.We have a lot of them out here.Beautiful capture my friend.Wonderful lighting and deail!!! #8670781

Melissa Olsen 6/7/2010 6:13:37 AM

Well, this is a winner if I ever saw one. Totally amazing! #8670904

Patti Coblentz 6/7/2010 6:44:00 AM

I am in total agreement with Melissa!
What a great experience, watch them as they take naturally to the environment around them...wish I could have done this with you! A beautiful capture here!

Patti #8670972

Husain Akhtar 6/7/2010 6:49:25 AM

Excellent record of life - outstanding capture! #8670986

Linda D. Lester 6/7/2010 7:02:48 AM

This is a winner if I have ever seen one.....what a beauty!!! #8671030

Gina Cormier 6/7/2010 8:29:39 AM

<----grovel.....grovel....grovel..... knees are killing me!!

Exquisite presentation of this beautiful butterfly and floral. I love the soft color and tones to this one. I too was given some cocoons last year and we had so much fun watching them. We let the monarch butterflies emerge in my gazebo with the screens down. Then when they were ready, we opened and let them fly out. Only one stayed behind and I left her there until she wanted to leave. So cool!!!!! :-) #8671233

Ron McEwan 6/7/2010 8:38:57 AM

Stunningly beautiful Val and the narrative is special well done in every way. #8671263

Julianne Bradford 6/7/2010 9:38:11 AM

Truely exquisite capture of this beauty Valarie! I'm sure she'll flit back sometime, but you have captured her forever to share with everyone. What an act of love :-) Thanks! #8671396

Leslie McLain 6/7/2010 10:14:57 AM

Amazing capture. #8671460

Rony Sagy 6/7/2010 10:43:23 AM

Totally agree. This is no doubt a fantastic winner. What a spectacular capture and wonderful story. It really touched my heart. #8671495

Kathy Salerni 6/7/2010 11:31:09 AM

What a wonderful story, Val! The clarity and details on this butterfly are stunning! I love the way you can see all the upper body hairs! Great job on this! #8671538

Kerry Hill 6/7/2010 1:24:36 PM

So beautiful Valarie! What a fantastic natures wonder to watch! #8671699

Gord MacEachern 6/7/2010 3:46:55 PM

Isn't nature beautiful Valarie, and you captured a fabulous result of ma nature at her finest.
Great capture as always!! #8672832

Carol L. Fowler 6/7/2010 4:05:19 PM

Be strong, Mom. They will remember you and perhaps return with broods of their own! Beautiful capture, indeed. #8673032

Karen Engelbreth 6/7/2010 4:11:54 PM

Wonderful image and story, Valarie... #8673114

Tammy Espino 6/7/2010 5:42:54 PM

What a wonderful story and capture! #8674085

Carol Eade 6/7/2010 6:23:52 PM

Beautifully captured, Valarie, the colors are so perfect! #8674567

Barbara Waldoch 6/8/2010 2:10:00 AM

Beautiful shot, Valarie!
Congratulations on your Finalists! #8677197

Val Feldman 6/8/2010 6:46:38 AM

Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments on this pretty little lady...I appreciate! ~Val #8678096

Dianna Murphy 6/8/2010 1:04:39 PM

What a great story and how sad to see her go, maybe she'll return. I know this image will return next month in the finals! #8679429

Val Feldman 6/9/2010 7:48:10 AM

Thanks so much, Dianna! #8682078

Ruth E. Foster-Lindsay 6/9/2010 2:23:36 PM

Wow Valarie! Beautiful capture! The colors are so gorgeous it looks like a painting! What a wonderful gift from your friend! #8682880

Val Feldman 6/9/2010 3:36:29 PM

Ruth, you're a sweetie! Thank you! #8683012

Julie Burnett 6/11/2010 4:17:30 AM

Val, you amaze me with your talent. Perfectly composed with excellent clarity, a sure winner, and what a wonderful story!! #8687913

Marty Straub 6/11/2010 6:21:17 AM

Wonderful story and a very special capture, Valarie. Your inner beauty is written all over both. #8688329

Daniella Puente 6/11/2010 11:46:47 AM

Beautiful Valarie... #8688932

Nadia Paul 6/11/2010 5:57:37 PM

How very beautiful and special Valarie - wonderful image! #8689608

Val Feldman 6/12/2010 8:43:18 PM

Thanks so much Daniella, Julie, Marty and Nadia for stopping by and commenting - much appreciated!! #8691385

Ann H. Belus 6/19/2010 12:58:32 PM

Exceptional detail and clarity captured here, Val...this is really beautiful! Thanks for the story too, I can more fully appreciate these amazing creatures. #8705008

Val Feldman 6/25/2010 6:24:03 AM

Thanks, Ann! #8716227

Tammy Espino 1/24/2012 2:42:16 PM

Congrats on your awesome finalist!! :) I see gold ~ Good luck next round my friend!! #9939848

Deborah C. Lewinson 1/24/2012 2:49:46 PM

Beautiful and excellent finalist, Val!

Debby #9939933

Kathy Salerni 1/24/2012 3:23:04 PM

Huge congrats on your well deserved Finalist, Val! #9940176

Karen Bacon 1/24/2012 3:50:21 PM

A huge congratulations on this excellent finalist Val!Good luck in the next round and hope to see this wearing gold! #9940398

Don Christiana 1/24/2012 4:28:39 PM

How did I miss the beautiful entry? Val, a big CONGRATS on your Finalist and yes...we will see this in the winners circle. Have a great day. #9940735

Tammy M. Anderson 1/24/2012 4:51:27 PM

A perfect finalist, Val. #9940978

Sabrina Ryan 1/24/2012 5:03:35 PM

Congratulations on your beautiful Finalist, Val #9941098

Emile Abbott 1/24/2012 5:14:02 PM

OH Val I only missed this due to December. What an awesome finalist my Texas friend. Congrats. #9941234

Renee Doyle 1/24/2012 5:20:25 PM

Awesome!! Congratulations Val! #9941317

Phyllis A. Houghton 1/24/2012 5:29:04 PM

Congratulations on your finalist, Val. What beautiful detail. #9941394

Lorna Shutter 1/24/2012 5:35:24 PM

Woo Hoo!!! WTG, MS. VAL!!! CONGRATULATIONS on your well-deserved Finalist Award!!!!! Good luck in the next round!!! :)
Photobucket #9941444

Patrick Rouzes 1/24/2012 5:45:30 PM

Hey, Val, Congratulations & good luck on this amazing Finalist! WTG, my friend! That's me dancing! #9941533

Cheryl Winn 1/24/2012 6:15:30 PM

Amazing capture, Val! Exquisite! #9941866

Lorna Shutter 1/24/2012 6:19:32 PM

Yep, I taught Patrick everything I know! LOL! :D #9941907

Robert R. Goodman 1/24/2012 6:25:39 PM

Hi Valarie,Congratulations on this beautiful finalist!!! #9941998

Christopher Budny 1/24/2012 6:29:55 PM

Nicely done! Congratulations! #9942049

JO ANN CLEVELAND 1/24/2012 6:36:56 PM

Congratulations on this outstanding finalist Val!

jo ann c. #9942118

Phyllis H. Burchett 1/24/2012 6:53:29 PM

That must have really been something to witness Val, BIG congrats! #9942279

The Judges at 1/24/2012 7:02:06 PM

Very nice! #9942339

Mary Dimitriw 1/24/2012 7:16:00 PM

Congrats Miss Val!! Another outstanding macro Finalist! #9942426

Ellen Hodges 1/24/2012 7:54:59 PM

Huge congrats and very best luck with this gorgeous finalist, Val!! the writing of the story should get a finalist, too!!! Verrry lovely!!! Regards to Mom!!! #9942663

Terry Cervi 1/24/2012 8:04:10 PM

Congrats on your stunning finalist, Ms. V! #9942704

Heather Loewenhardt 1/24/2012 8:11:16 PM

Wow so beautiful Val, both the story and the image. Glad to see it recognized by the judges. Good luck in the next round. #9942729

Carol L. Fowler 1/24/2012 8:35:56 PM

Wonderful capture and story! Big Congrats Val!! #9942833

Ann Coates 1/24/2012 8:43:56 PM

What a fascinating process to watch from start to finish. Congratulations on your fabulous finalist Valarie. #9942870

Agnes Fegan 1/24/2012 9:44:27 PM

A beautiful image and I enjoyed reading your story too! Congratulations! #9943072

Usman M. Bajwa 1/24/2012 10:17:59 PM

Beautiful macro capture, Val. CONGRATZ on the Finalist badge and good luck!!!

UB. #9943136

Gord MacEachern 1/25/2012 3:00:03 AM

Big congratulations on your wonderful finalist Val!! #9943693

Michelle Alton 1/25/2012 3:29:12 AM

Somehow I missed this when first posted, Val. Wow! This is stunning, and what an amazing story. Congratulations. I don't think this is the end of the story! #9943776

Leslie McLain 1/25/2012 4:27:24 AM

Congrats on a beautiful finalist, Val. #9944034

Bojan Bencic 1/25/2012 4:47:31 AM

Amazing. Congratulations on your finalist, Val! #9944127

Val Feldman 1/25/2012 6:20:52 AM

Thank you all - very much!!! #9944423

Karen Slagle 1/25/2012 7:15:20 AM

Fantastic details in your wonderful finalist, Val. Best of luck next round. #9944595

Julianne Bradford 1/25/2012 8:57:32 AM

Such beauty is well worth revisiting. Congratulations Valarie..I hope she sports a badge of gold the next time we see her #9944913

Anita Hogue 1/25/2012 12:03:09 PM

Oh, soooooo lovely! Congratulations, Val! #9945366

Tammy Espino 1/25/2012 2:50:32 PM

Congratulations on your win :) #9945779

Renee Doyle 1/25/2012 2:56:05 PM

Big congrats on this excellent winner Val!! #9945823

Lorna Shutter 1/25/2012 2:56:10 PM

Woo Hoo!!! CONGRATULATIONS on your 2nd Place Win, Val!!!!! WTG!!! :)
Photobucket #9945824

Kathy Salerni 1/25/2012 3:01:04 PM

Big congrats on your Gold Winning image, Val! WTG! #9945865

Joannie Bertucci 1/25/2012 3:06:37 PM

Val, she stradles those flowers like a true Texan! :-) This is just stunning and what a wonderful experience this must have been! Congrats on your well deserved gold badge! #9945894

Heather Loewenhardt 1/25/2012 3:08:11 PM

Congrats on this beautiful image becoming a winner but then all your photos are winners. You are a very skilled photographer. Congrats again. #9945900

Terry Cervi 1/25/2012 3:31:22 PM

Congratulations on your beautiful win, Ms V! #9946007

Robert R. Goodman 1/25/2012 3:40:55 PM

Congratulations my friend!!!! #9946057

Amy M. Wilson 1/25/2012 4:24:48 PM

A hearty congratulations on your STUNNING Gold winner... simply perfect, Val - love it!!! #9946190

Monnie Ryan 1/25/2012 5:03:56 PM

Gorgeous, Val -congratulations! #9946324

Patrick Rouzes 1/25/2012 5:10:49 PM

Congratulations on this exceptionallly beautiful Winner, Val! WTG, my friend! #9946346

Val Feldman 1/25/2012 5:39:50 PM

Thanks so much everyone for your kind congratulations! I'm a happy camper tonight! :) As always, the biggest win at BP is the encouragement and support so generously given by it's wonderful members... and for that, I thank you all from the bottom of this ol' TX heart. #9946404

Leslie McLain 1/25/2012 5:50:43 PM

Congrats on a beautiful finalist, Val. #9946445

R. J. Laudenbacher 1/25/2012 5:56:45 PM

WTG, Val. A big congratulations to you on your fantastic winner! #9946462

Diane E. Deming 1/25/2012 6:01:05 PM

Congratulations on a beautiful image and winner, Val. #9946472

Sabrina Ryan 1/25/2012 7:00:20 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on your beautiful Winning image, Val #9946652

Ellen Hodges 1/25/2012 8:56:30 PM

Huge congrats on a fabulous winner, Val!!! Soooo glad to see this beauty as a winner!! #9946871

Rona L. Schwarz 1/25/2012 9:29:03 PM

How could I have missed this the first time around?! And I didn't even make it through all the Finalists yet...Simply stunning, Val - another one of your spectacular macros - this one is extra special because it is so rarely seen. What an incredible experience this must have been. Thanks for sharing this special moment. Big Congrats on this brilliant Winner!!! #9946919

Alan L. Borror 1/26/2012 1:57:51 AM

Huge congratulations on your wonderful winner, Val! #9947173

Usman M. Bajwa 1/26/2012 3:16:50 AM

HUGE CONGRATZ on getting in the Golden Circle !!!

UB. #9947297

Bojan Bencic 1/26/2012 3:29:46 AM

Beautiful. Congratulations on your win, Val! #9947336

Julie Burnett 1/26/2012 3:52:20 AM

HUGE congratulations on this fabulous winner, Val!! #9947385

Patti Coblentz 1/26/2012 4:07:33 AM

Congratulations on your beautiful winner, Val...and hello :) #9947423

Kathy Cline 1/26/2012 5:16:14 AM

Congratulations Val,
well deserved


Cathy A. Rose 1/26/2012 5:25:58 AM

Beautiful capture!! Congratulations!!! Well deserved!! #9947604

Dayna Cain 1/26/2012 6:56:35 AM

A truly beautiful winner. Congrats! #9947713

Linda D. Lester 1/26/2012 9:00:57 AM

Congratulations on your awesome win! #9947972

Claudine Grove 1/26/2012 9:11:52 AM

What a beauty! Congrats on your Gold Win! #9947985

Don Christiana 1/26/2012 11:42:30 AM

Congratulation Val for your big win. The image is beautiful and so was your story you provided about this wonderful natures process. I hope you have a great day... #9948298

Deborah C. Lewinson 1/26/2012 3:44:39 PM

I loved this the first time, but now I'm swept away by your wonderful composition!

Hardy congrats on your win, Val!
Debby #9948731

Emile Abbott 1/26/2012 3:47:21 PM

Glad to see this in the winner column Val. Congrats on the Gold. #9948737

Michael Umbreit 1/27/2012 5:43:50 AM

Val - Congratulations on your winning image!! - Mike #9949940

Ann Coates 1/27/2012 12:21:54 PM

Congratulations on your beautiful Gold win Valarie. #9950795

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 1/28/2012 3:56:40 PM

WTG on your wonderful winning photo! :-) k #9952734

Bonnie C. Lackey 1/28/2012 4:33:08 PM

Congratulations, Valarie. It's always hard when a little one leaves home but you'll always have this winner! #9952799

Mary Dimitriw 1/28/2012 4:38:36 PM

Congrats on your outstanding winner Val !! #9952811

Patricia Seidler 1/29/2012 8:04:14 AM

Congratulations Val on this terrific winner! I knew we would see this again! #9953695

Merna L. Nobile 2/3/2012 11:02:13 AM

You can feel it in the air, the anticipation of waiting for the awards to arrive. The talent that is on display for all to see and share is amazing. Congratulations to all the January, 2012 winners. Merna


Patricia A. Casey 5/22/2013 5:34:10 AM

Alright...# 5...and I'm going to stop counting and sending you notes (maybe)...congratulations on this also is a beauty....guess they thought so too at BP..... #10702701

Ed Lauderdale 3/29/2016 11:33:09 AM

Val, this is my favorite of your ATEP;s! With so many it's hard to choose. I'm sure we'll see one of yours in the All Time winner's circle!! #11453671

Joanna Kovalcsik 6/19/2017 7:00:35 AM

Lovely story, Val... lovely image!!! #11611693

Val Feldman 6/28/2017 3:23:26 PM

Thanks so much, Joanna! The experience of raising and then witnessing the "leaving of the nest" so to speak, was one of the most rewarding experiences ever. Thank you for your kindness in finding this oldie but goodie and leaving your wonderful comment! #11615095

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Free from her chrysalis only 5 hours previously, this beautiful and dainty Painted Lady butterfly was the last to emerge from her cocoon from the 13 caterpillars given to me by a wonderful and thoughtful friend who knew I had never witnessed this amazing process from beginning to end. And it was truly an amazing experience. Unlike her 12 other brothers and sisters already scattered to the four winds, this little beauty took her time leaving my yard but with her wings finally dry, she slowly lifted off the flower and floated up and over our backyard fence ..and took a bit of my heart with her...I'm feeling a bit like an "empty-nester" right about now! :)

Exif: F Number: 9, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/25 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 250, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 100.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D

Uploaded on 6/7/2010 3:53:44 AM All Time Best Photo Contest Editor's Pick Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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