Blue Morpho

© Nikki McDonald

Blue Morpho

MELODIE C. ROBERTS level-classic 7/28/2008 4:15:17 AM

Was I On The Phone with T at the Time??

NiK..This Is Beautiful!!!!
Oh My Goodness
The Color and Detail are Outstanding!!!
Bravo!! #968794

Aimee S. McMaster 7/28/2008 4:21:42 AM

...wonderful capture Nikki...I love the other side of their wings as well...Aimee #6239189

Laurie Daily level-classic 7/28/2008 4:25:01 AM

This is gorgeous, Nikki! I have never seen one of these up close and personal...striking, iridescent colors. The leaves almost look as if they are made from velvet, gorgeous lighting really showcasing this beauty! #6239201

Joy Rector level-classic 7/28/2008 4:35:13 AM

gorgeous #6239248

Dominick M. Dimacale level-classic 7/28/2008 4:38:40 AM

Nikki, this is absolutely beautiful.

Dominick #6239275

Arlene Krassner level-classic 7/28/2008 4:52:31 AM

Stunning color! #6239362

Ken Smith level-classic 7/28/2008 5:03:12 AM

Perfect, Nikki...I think we'll see this one again..excellent lighting and effects! #6239424

JO ANN CLEVELAND level-classic 7/28/2008 6:24:21 AM

Ohhh Nikki! I have never seen one like this! I love it! Beautiful colors and comp!

jo ann c. #6239692

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna level-classic 7/28/2008 7:34:41 AM

Incredibly magnificent, Nikki!!!!!! Exquisite in every way!!!!! ♫ k #6239976

Randy A. Myers level-classic 7/28/2008 8:54:19 AM

Stunning detail and color. An excellent image and nice post work to make it stand out. #6240334

janet williams level-classic 7/28/2008 9:22:26 AM

Beautiful capture Nikki. The blues are spectacular. Fantastic lighting and details. #6240442

Dr. Harmeet Singh level-classic 7/28/2008 3:03:22 PM

Awesome capture.. #6241578

Melissa A. McDonald 7/28/2008 3:10:19 PM

Fantastic capture! Love the colors and detail. #6241606

KARU WIJESUNDARA. A.N.P.A.S. 7/28/2008 4:49:28 PM

KARU. #6241944

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 7/28/2008 5:07:23 PM

This is one of the most beautiful butterfly captures I have ever seen Nikki!!! Gorgeous! #6242051

David Phalen level-classic 7/28/2008 5:12:46 PM

Spectacular light, colors, details and presentation!! #6242065

Patrick Rouzes level-classic 7/28/2008 5:50:39 PM

Spectacular colors, detail, lighting, clarity, b/g, & presentation!!! Exceptional & beautiful work here,Nikki!!! AMAZING!!! #6242158

William C. Raco level-classic 7/28/2008 6:55:19 PM

I love the iridescent blue, excellent light and fine detail
Nicely taken, Nikki #6242428

Katarina Mansson 7/29/2008 7:28:11 AM

OMG this is PERFECT Nikki! Light, colors, composition and detail! #6244837

Jean E. Hildebrant 7/29/2008 7:38:04 AM

I just LOVE the iridescent blue! Gorgeous, Nikki! #6244871

Susan M. Campbell level-classic 7/29/2008 12:08:28 PM

Ooooooo...such a beautiful butterfly. I'v never seen a blue one. Terrific capture. #6245899

Corinne M. Thompson 7/29/2008 3:54:58 PM

Nikki, this is a truly fabulous capture! #6246605

Colleen Farrell level-classic 7/29/2008 5:51:17 PM

Absolutely stunning macro, Nikki! What fabulous color and detail! #6246940

Derrald R. Farnsworth-Livingston 7/30/2008 9:08:49 AM

Nikki, wow, the colors are excellent! #6249790

Tamara K. Walker level-classic 7/30/2008 5:31:02 PM

Wow, Awesome light. I might have to give the butterfly house another try. #6251361

Sabrina Ryan 8/3/2008 5:50:35 PM

Stunning butterfly photo, Nikki. Beautiful color and nice detail. Well done! #6266582

MELODIE C. ROBERTS level-classic 8/7/2008 12:39:15 PM

Maybe T should leave her phone at home next time #6284548

Nikki McDonald level-classic 8/7/2008 12:43:35 PM

We didn't go to the zoo that day--just to the gardens. I took this on a trip to the butterfly pavilion with my husband. Thanks, though. #6284570

Karen Celella level-classic 8/7/2008 1:11:04 PM

Ohhhh Nikki, this is beautiful!! I have seen these so many times but have never been able to catch one still with it's wings open. Great capture and the black BG really sets it off. #6284717

Linda D. Lester level-classic 8/21/2008 3:26:32 PM

WTG!!! Congratulations! #6343578

Jessica Jenney level-classic 8/21/2008 3:59:01 PM

Congratulations, Nikki on your beautiful finalist! #6343874

Sherry L. Davis level-classic 8/21/2008 4:03:09 PM

Congratulations Nikki! This is gorgeous! WTG my friend!!! :) #6343935

Nadya Johnson level-classic 8/21/2008 4:09:15 PM

Congratulations on your wonderful finalist, Nikki! #6344007

Jean E. Hildebrant level-classic 8/21/2008 4:35:25 PM

Just Lovely, Nikki! Congrat's again!!! #6344433

Judy V. Kennamer level-classic 8/21/2008 4:41:25 PM

WOWIE!!!!! Amazing capture Nikki! Congrats Girl! #6344535

Nancy (Peaches) Harker 8/21/2008 4:46:12 PM

HUGE Congrats and best of luck in the next round! #6344615

Susan Fox 8/21/2008 5:29:14 PM

Beautiful! Congrats Nikki! #6345184

Deb Koskovich 8/21/2008 5:51:05 PM

I've always loved this one, Nikki -- big congrats! #6345478

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 8/21/2008 6:33:35 PM

And ANOTHER WOOHOO... Congratulations on your finalist, Nikki!!!!! #6346045

Anna Diederich 8/21/2008 6:49:35 PM

Congratulations Nikki! #6346231

Susan M. Hembree level-classic 8/21/2008 7:07:26 PM

Beautiful, Nikki! Congratulations on the finalist! #6346438

Stephanie Frey 8/21/2008 7:14:40 PM

Congratulations on another well-Finalist, Nikki! #6346529

Amanda Chapman 8/21/2008 7:29:21 PM

Soooooooooooooo beautiful!!!!

Congrats on the finalist!!! #6346715

Melissa G. Meiselman 8/21/2008 7:56:34 PM

Congratulations on this stunning finalist, Nikki!!! #6347025

Amalia Sylvia Arriaga Salinas level-classic 8/21/2008 8:37:51 PM

Big Congratulations Nikki!,
Amalia #6347456

Ken Smith level-classic 8/21/2008 8:41:59 PM

I remember this shot...congrats again, Nikki! #6347499

Kristy A. Keene 8/21/2008 9:30:36 PM

Congrats on your Finalist!!! #6347814

Jean-Pierre Ducondi level-classic 8/21/2008 9:37:59 PM

Congratulations on your finalist Nikki. This is gorgeous.
JP #6347853

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 8/21/2008 10:03:29 PM

Congratulations Nikki, awesome work! #6347924

Christine Czernin level-classic 8/22/2008 12:00:58 AM

Big congratulation on your 3 finalists, Nikki- this one is an absolute favorite of mine. The color is unreal.
I think I have to visit the Butterfly House in Vienna, LOL. #6348257

Katarina Mansson 8/22/2008 2:37:11 AM

I knew it, I knew it; this is perfectionism and beauty combined! Congratulations Nikki! #6348781

Les Rhoades level-classic 8/22/2008 2:51:14 AM

Congrats on your bright and shiny FINALIST! #6348828

MELODIE C. ROBERTS level-classic 8/22/2008 3:10:18 AM

Morning NiK!!
WoW Congratulatios Young Lady!! #6348900

Dr Silly 8/22/2008 5:48:53 AM

Congrats Nikki on your finalist. :O)

Mitzie Loland 8/22/2008 5:55:34 AM

Congratulations on your finalist Nikki!! #6349692

Amy M. Wilson 8/22/2008 6:54:45 AM

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Nikki! #6349982

Daniella Puente 8/22/2008 7:03:53 AM

Big congrats on this beauty Nikki :)))) #6350017

Susan M. Campbell level-classic 8/22/2008 7:16:47 AM

Way to go Nikki...congrats! #6350077

Elida Gutierrez 8/22/2008 8:42:55 AM

Congratulations on your Finalist.


Sylvia Rossler 8/22/2008 9:28:20 AM

Big congrats on another fantastic finalist Nikki :o) #6351020

Shelly A. Van Camp level-classic 8/22/2008 9:50:02 AM

Congrats on all your beautiful finalists! #6351152

frank w. degenhardt level-classic 8/22/2008 10:16:07 AM

Congratulations on making it to the finals. Good luck in the next round. A well deserved win. #6351283

Mike Clime 8/22/2008 12:55:25 PM

Congratulations on your finalist! #6351859

Laurie Daily level-classic 8/22/2008 1:15:49 PM

This is such a beauty, Nikki, a big congratulations on your wonderful finalist! #6352010

janet williams level-classic 8/22/2008 1:35:36 PM

This is beautiful Nikki. Congradulations on the Finalist. #6352177

Patrick Rouzes level-classic 8/22/2008 5:07:48 PM

Nikki, congratulations on this amazing finalist!!! #6353007

Mitch Spence level-classic 8/23/2008 10:33:21 AM

Congratulations times four, Nikki. #6355842

Colleen Farrell level-classic 8/23/2008 4:37:56 PM

WTG, Nikki!! Congratulations on another well-deserved finalist! #6356884

Cyn Valentine level-classic 8/23/2008 4:38:25 PM

Congratulations Nikki!! #6356886

Dianna Hauf level-classic 8/23/2008 5:33:13 PM

My absolute FAVORITE butterfly in the world Nikki! You are on a major roll and I am sooooo proud and happy for you! This is an exsquisite capture and very cool you let others know about the reasoning behind their color! :) Great to darken the bg making the blue POP even more beautiful than it already is! ALL the very best as I do predict WINNERS here! Congratulations dear one! #6357088

Dominick M. Dimacale level-classic 8/25/2008 9:38:50 AM

Congratulations Nikki on your Win.

Dominick #6364586

Kristy A. Keene level-classic 8/25/2008 10:13:18 AM

Congrats, Nikki!!!!!!!! #6364836

Anna Diederich level-classic 8/25/2008 10:16:34 AM

Congratulations on your beautiful winner, Nikki! #6364867

Kara L. Hendricks level-classic 8/25/2008 10:49:09 AM

Go Nikki!!! Go Nikki!!!!!!!

WOOHOOO!!!!!!!! Congrats!!! #6365072

Agnes Fegan level-classic 8/25/2008 11:03:06 AM

Congratulations Nikki !!! #6365187

David Phalen level-classic 8/25/2008 11:15:12 AM

WTG Nikki!!!!!!!!! BIG Congrats on a spectacular Winner!! #6365289

Mike D. Perez level-classic 8/25/2008 11:17:18 AM

Congratulations on your beautiful Winner, Nikki! #6365314

Daniella Puente level-classic 8/25/2008 11:18:00 AM

Big congrats and hugs for this wonderful winner Nikki!!!! #6365325

Christine Czernin level-classic 8/25/2008 11:18:39 AM

Huge Congratulation Nikki. A well deserved winner. It IS a Beauty!!!!! #6365328

MELODIE C. ROBERTS level-classic 8/25/2008 11:21:24 AM


Excellent for you!!!!!!!!!

Congratulations NiK!! #6365364

Sylvia Rossler 8/25/2008 11:28:28 AM

Big congrats on your beautiful winner Nikki :O) #6365455

Stephanie Frey 8/25/2008 11:35:54 AM

Big congrats on your beautiful win, Nikki! #6365528

Shelly A. Van Camp level-classic 8/25/2008 12:11:11 PM

Congrats Nikki!!! #6365737

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 8/25/2008 12:36:26 PM


Huge congratulation on your win, Nikki!!!!! ♫ k #6365912

Carolyn M. Fletcher level-classic 8/25/2008 12:38:06 PM

Congrats!!! Love it! #6365931

Linda D. Lester level-classic 8/25/2008 1:02:27 PM

Awesome....Congratulations on your win!!! #6366110

Colleen Farrell level-classic 8/25/2008 1:06:24 PM

WTG, Nikki! Congratulations on your win!! #6366140

Mike Clime 8/25/2008 1:14:41 PM

WTG! Congratulations on this winner, Nikki! #6366208

Jeana Clark level-classic 8/25/2008 1:32:50 PM

Fan~Tab~U~Lous WINNER NIK!!!!

~J~ #6366330

Sandy Hawkins 8/25/2008 1:40:33 PM

Congratulations on this beautiful winning image, Nikki! #6366408

Ken Smith level-classic 8/25/2008 1:46:47 PM

Way to go, Nikki. Awesome and congrats to you! #6366456

Elida Gutierrez 8/25/2008 2:07:56 PM


 "The Fairy Trophy"

A Special Trophy for

"July Winners"


Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 8/25/2008 2:50:11 PM

I'm so happy to see this in the winner's circle Nikki!! Congratulations on your win! As I said before, it's one of the best butterfly images I have ever seen. A fav! #6366722

Nadya Johnson 8/25/2008 2:57:03 PM

Congratulations on your beautiful winner, Nikki! #6366756

Jessica Jenney level-classic 8/25/2008 3:55:22 PM

Congratulations, Nikki on your gorgeous win! #6366910

Susan M. Hembree level-classic 8/25/2008 3:57:27 PM

Hey Nikki! WTG! Congratulations on this well deserved win! #6366921

Pat Gamwell 8/25/2008 5:01:54 PM

Breathtaking beauty..a TRUE WINNER, Nikki! #6367146

Susan Fox 8/25/2008 5:02:33 PM

Congrats on your win Nikki! #6367151

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 8/25/2008 5:22:07 PM

WTG, Nikki!!!
Love the irridescence.
Outstanding winner!
~Lisa♥ #6367211

Murry Grigsby 8/25/2008 5:40:03 PM

Congrats on your super image and win Nikki!! #6367309

KARU WIJESUNDARA. A.N.P.A.S. 8/25/2008 6:22:41 PM


KARU. #6367530

William C. Raco level-classic 8/25/2008 6:37:50 PM

Wonderful work, Nikki
Congratulations! #6367638

Sam Britt level-classic 8/25/2008 6:39:02 PM

Congratulations on this Second Place Winner, Nikki! #6367649

Kathy L. Clark level-classic 8/25/2008 7:00:12 PM

Congrats Nikki on your gorgeous winner. #6367760

Nikki McDonald level-classic 8/25/2008 7:29:00 PM

Thank you so much, everyone, for your support and congratulations. This was a lucky capture, I must say, as butterflies usually close their wings when they are resting. It was great to catch one with the wings spread to show off the magnificent iridescence of the inner wings. I'm pretty crazy about this myself :) Congratulations to all the other finalists and winners. There are so many really amazing images out there! #6367897

Jean-Pierre Ducondi level-classic 8/25/2008 8:24:22 PM

Congratulations Nikki - This image was a winner from the start - Gorgeous work.
JP #6368108

frank w. degenhardt level-classic 8/25/2008 10:07:08 PM

Nikk- Way to go girl. An incredible work with this beautiful butterfly that deseves the gold. Am so happy you got to bring it home. Congratulations. Way to go. #6368397

A P level-classic 8/25/2008 11:00:13 PM

Beautiful Nikki. Well deserved Win, congratulations #6368583

Mary K. Robison level-classic 8/26/2008 1:25:51 AM

Brilliant capture, Nikki ~
Congratulations on your well-earned win!

Laurie Daily level-classic 8/26/2008 3:51:17 AM

Congratulations, Nikki, on your fabulous winner!!! This has got to be one of the most beautiful butterfly images I have seen and I am thrilled to see it once again in the winner's circle!!! #6369464

Katarina Mansson 8/26/2008 3:56:18 AM

I knew it was a winner! Big congratulations Nikki! #6369486

Candice C. Calhoun level-classic 8/26/2008 4:45:23 AM

Congratulations, Nikki!

ccc #6369681

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 8/26/2008 9:39:18 AM

Congrats. Nikki on this stunning capture. #6370867

Erin Appelbaum level-classic 8/26/2008 12:05:59 PM

Absolutely gorgeous winner Nikki. Congrats. Peter #6371414

Colette M. Metcalf level-classic 8/26/2008 6:09:54 PM

Congrats!! #6372869

Nemil B. Chabebe level-classic 8/26/2008 10:43:10 PM

Congratulations! #6373708

Wally Orlowsky 8/27/2008 5:25:56 AM

Congratulations on this super winner, Nikki! #6374892

Ross Throndson 8/27/2008 8:44:46 AM

A Brilliant capture, Nikki.....Congratulations on this Very Beautiful Winner!! :-) #6375954

Susan M. Campbell level-classic 8/27/2008 12:04:49 PM

Way to go Nikki. A well deserved winner!! #6376813

Datha Y. Thompson 8/27/2008 4:18:36 PM

Congratulations Nikki on this Beautiful Winner!!! WOW WTG :0) #6377746

Ron Roberts 8/28/2008 4:09:01 AM


Luigi Di Serio level-classic 10/7/2008 6:15:27 AM

wow #6564479

Susan M. Hembree level-classic 11/4/2008 7:01:29 PM

I missed this one last summer, Nikki--I think it was when I was on vacation and had no Internet. Wow, just beautiful! A big belated congratulations for the 2nd place win; so deserving! #6708869

Boyd L. Alexander 3/12/2009 5:09:58 AM

This is truly exceptional! Stunningly beautiful Eugenio, excellent job,....well done. #7275508

Amanda D. Austwick level-classic 8/15/2009 3:15:47 PM

WOW Nikki, What a beautiful photo. I love the color of the butterfly. CONGRATULATIONS on your Second Place Win!!! #7850880

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Like the peacock, the iridescent blue on the backs of the wings of this beautiful butterfly is not caused by pigment but rather by microscopic scales which reflect light. I filled in the black around the leaves but the butterfly itself is untouched. I photographed this magnificent specimen at the Henry Doorly Zoo.
Category: Details and Macro

Exif: F Number: 9, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 6250/1000000 seconds, Flash: did not fire, auto mode, ISO: 100,100, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 70.00 mm, Model: DSLR-A350

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