Bye, Bye Butterflies

Uploaded: December 03, 2009 03:30:43


Two weeks ago, when I took this photo, butterflies were having a wild time in my garden...Today, it won't go much above 50 degrees and Friday, we'll have our first hard frost (goodbye garden, too!) and SNOW! The first measurable amount in the Austin area in 5 years - almost an inch! And maybe enough for a mini-snowman! :) Stay warm everyone!

Exif: F Number: 8, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 10/1600 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 320, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 105.00 mm, Model: NIKON D300


Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe December 03, 2009

Gorgeous details and colors, Valarie. Have fun in all that snow. LOL. If you make that mini snowman be sure to photograph it and post it. #1212117

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe December 03, 2009

Excellent capture Valarie!! We had about 1/2 inch of snow yesterday and more coming tomorrow! Jeff #8187236

Michelle Alton December 03, 2009

Among the most breathtaking butterfly photos I've seen Valarie. #8187286

Gord MacEachern December 03, 2009

I have to agree with Michelle, just gorgeous!
You will be able to make snow angles Valarie lol... #8187326

Agnes Fegan level-deluxe December 03, 2009

Beautiful! You'll have to get out early before the snow melts! #8187375

Mary Beth Aiello level-classic December 03, 2009

Outstanding, Valarie, in every way. Just gorgeous. #8187515

Hal Bambrick December 03, 2009

Very Nice Capture!!!!!!. #8187551

Candice C. Calhoun level-deluxe December 03, 2009

Fantastic photo of this graceful both the butterfly and the flower!

ccc #8187569

Marilyn Cornwell level-deluxe December 03, 2009

Bye bye summer and butterflies...thanks for such a lovely image! #8187631

Mary L. Graham December 03, 2009

Beautiful Capture Valarie!! =) #8187645

Ellen Hodges level-deluxe December 03, 2009

Outstanding detail and color, Valarie!! Bundle up. We've had a few frosts, but believe it or not a week or two ago, found some little pink flowers blooming. Was surprised. Have fun in the snow! #8187754

Monnie Ryan December 03, 2009

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, Valarie! We may get a few snow sprinkles by the weekend -- guess that's not too bad since it's held off till December. Still not ready for it, though! #8187804

Marty Straub December 03, 2009

Outstanding macro, Valarie. You got close enough to allow family members to identify this guy. Incredible detail in a wonderful compositon that shows this magnificent creature at work. #8187891

Val Feldman level-deluxe December 03, 2009

LOL, Marty!! You are just too funny and wonderfully observant! Thanks to all of you for your very kind comments on this photo - I appreciate them all! ~ Val #8187915

Patricia Seidler December 03, 2009

Looks like another winner to me Valarie. Gorgeous color, great clarity and composition. Would you believe its in the upper 60s here on Long island! #8188082

Ron McEwan December 03, 2009

Gosh this is gorgious Valarie, the detail is exceptional here, crisp color and well composed hope to see this one again. #8188113

Jack Ryan December 03, 2009

Beautiful photo with excellent detail and wonderful color. Sorry about the snow...and if Austin gets a measurable amount, you will have had snow before we have here in northeast Ohio...but we will be catching up soon!!! #8188164

Cathy Barrows December 03, 2009 his little furry head #8188251

December 03, 2009

Beautiful image,I always love your beautiful details on your photos,Valarie,beautiful captures on all I missed love them all!!!!!! #8188453

Gina Cormier level-classic December 03, 2009

Another outstanding beauty Val!! Wow....your a genius at this macro thing. lol Superb detail, color and comp! #8188570

Julianne Bradford December 03, 2009

What a beauty Valarie. I'm sure winter is finally here. It's in the 60's and 50's here too!! #8188647

Amy M. Wilson December 03, 2009

Gorgeous capture, colors, pov and details on this beauty, Valarie! Sorry to see your garden go but enjoy the snow and have fun with that snomwman! ;o) #8188844

Carol L. Fowler December 03, 2009

Beautiful remnants of garden and butterflies. The silver lining is that the snow may prove a different but beautiful BG for upcoming shots. #8188938

Kerry Hill December 03, 2009

Just beautiful Valarie, wonderful colours and fantastic details, well done!! #8188949

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna December 03, 2009

This is sooooo beautiful, Val!!! I really don't like the thought of it being winter but I guess I better face it!!! It didn't above freezing today!!! BURRRRR :-) k #8189089

Courtenay Vanderbilt December 03, 2009

Beautiful capture, Valarie! Thanks for the reminder, I have a plant to bring in! N. Ga mountains are supposed to get snow flurries tomorrow night! #8189128

Jeana Clark December 03, 2009

Gorgeous lighting in this spectacular shot Valerie!!!
Great Work!!!

~J~ #8189160

Valentin M. Armianu December 03, 2009

Beautiful capture, Valarie!! Tomorrow We might have show in Houston!!

Maria A. Gonzalez December 04, 2009

Morning,Val....If you come to the conservatory you don't have to say bye bye butterflies...You can be surrounded by them at all times..LOL..I know what you mean though..Our butterflies have been gone for more than a month and going your way....
Beautiful Painted Lady capture,,,awesome ligh and excellent colors and details....Very well composed and a very fine image...Love it..Have a great day. #8190049

Dianna Murphy December 04, 2009

Hi Val
I saw it's snowing in Houston did you get some as well? This is beautiful and yes we all miss our gardens but I guess if we had them all the time they wouldn't be so special. #8190901

Julie Burnett December 07, 2009

Gorgeous capture, Val!! The colors and lighting are fantastic!! #8197502

December 07, 2009

Great image from you Val. Good details, color and clarity. Stunning



Val Feldman level-deluxe December 07, 2009

Thank you all for your comments on this photo - as always, stopping by and commenting is always appreciated! ~Val #8198544

Kelly S. Cavanaugh January 18, 2010

Fantastic capture, Valarie! Congratulations on your well deserved finalist! #8306680

Julie Burnett January 18, 2010

Congratulations on this gorgeous finalist, Val!! Good luck!! :) #8306831

Patti Coblentz January 18, 2010

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Valarie!!

Patti #8306944

Ellen Hodges level-deluxe January 18, 2010

Huge congrats on this awesome finalist, Valarie! Best luck!!! #8307247

Carol L. Fowler January 18, 2010

Wonderful Finalist! WTG! Congrats! #8307340

Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe January 18, 2010

Congratulations, Valarie. #8307363

Courtenay Vanderbilt January 18, 2010

Big Congrats on this beauty, Valarie! #8307508

Amy M. Wilson January 18, 2010

Huge congratulations on your FABULOUS Finalist, Valarie!!! WTG #8308029

Valentin M. Armianu January 18, 2010

Congratulations on your wonderful finalist,Valarie! #8308045

Dianna Murphy January 18, 2010

WTG girl friend! You know how I admire your work! Too too happy for you/with you. #8308435

Diane E. Deming level-classic January 18, 2010

Congratulations, Valarie. This is a beautiful photo. The best of luck in the winner category. I'll be pulling for you. #8308724

Debra R. Harder January 18, 2010

This is stunning, Valarie! Huge congratulations on your gorgeous finalist!! Deb #8308782

Monnie Ryan January 18, 2010

Fantastic, Valarie -- congratulations on a well-deserved Finalist! #8309033

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna January 18, 2010

WHOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!! WTG on this awesome finalist, Val!!! :-) k #8309080

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic January 18, 2010

on your wonderful FINALIST! 8o)

Photobucket #8309169

Lana Arcemont level-classic January 18, 2010

Congratulations, Valarie! #8309308

Carrie M. Groseclose level-classic January 18, 2010

Absolutely gorgeous, Val! Congratulations on your well deserved Finalist! YAY! #8309390

January 18, 2010

I knew I would see this picture again. A very Big CONGRATS to you Valarie for your Finalist Pick. A Very Well deserved Picture you have here. I wish you the very best in the next round.


Ann Coates level-classic January 18, 2010

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist Valarie. #8309991

Stefania Barbier level-addict January 18, 2010

congratulations on your gorgeous finalist, Valerie! #8310077

Amanda J. Tanner level-classic January 19, 2010

Congratulations on this beautiful image. Wonderful work Valerie! #8310197

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic January 19, 2010

Stunning capture, Valerie. CONGRATZ!!

UB. #8310575

Maria A. Gonzalez January 19, 2010

Congratulations Val on your beautiful finalist... #8310699

Karen Bacon January 19, 2010

Congratulations Valerie on this beautiful finalist! #8311553

Daniella Puente January 19, 2010

Congratulations Valarie! #8312237

Kathleen Rinker January 19, 2010

Huge congrats Val!! #8312241

Ron McEwan January 19, 2010

Back on Dec 3rd I said I hope to see this one again. By golly I did, congrats on a job well done a well deserved honor for sure, good luck in the next round. #8312701

Barbara Waldoch level-classic January 19, 2010

Huge congratulations on your fantastic Win! #8313029

Amy M. Wilson January 19, 2010

WOOOOHOOOOO..... HUGE Congratulations on your FABULOUS and well-deserved Win, Valarie!!! #8313118

Peter K. Burian January 19, 2010

What a beautiful photo, Valarie!


Peter #8313241

Sam Britt January 19, 2010

Congratulations on this second place win, Val! #8313247

Valentin M. Armianu January 19, 2010

Congratulations on your amazing Win, Valarie! #8313254

Ellen Hodges level-deluxe January 19, 2010

Huge congrats, Val!!! Yeah!!! #8313567

Mary Beth Aiello level-classic January 19, 2010

A real beauty, Val. Huge congrats on this outstanding Winner. #8313591

Agnes Fegan level-deluxe January 19, 2010

Congratulations Valarie! #8313733

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna January 19, 2010

WTG on this awesome win, Val!!! :-)♫♪♫ k #8313836

ROLAN NARMAN January 19, 2010

Huge Congratulations on your fantastic winner Valarie! #8313891

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic January 19, 2010

Many CONGRATZ on getting Golden, Valerie!

UB. #8314394

Tommy E. Burgess January 19, 2010

Huge congratulations on your beautiful and well deserved winner Valarie!! #8314443

Kerry Hill January 20, 2010

Congratulations on this gorgeous winner, Valarie!! Very well deserved!! #8314616

Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe January 20, 2010

Congratulations, Valarie on this beautiful winner. #8314806

Maria A. Gonzalez January 20, 2010

Big Congratulations on you beautiful Painted Lady image winner,my butterfly loving friend...Awesome... #8314845

Julie Burnett January 20, 2010

Bye, Bye Butterflies, but HELLO to gold!! Huge congrats, Cuz!! #8315098

Karen Bacon January 20, 2010

A big congratulations,Valerie on this beautiful winner! #8315164

Courtenay Vanderbilt January 20, 2010

Well-deserved, Valarie! Congrats on your gold! #8315252

Patti Coblentz January 20, 2010

Congratulations on your beautiful winner, Valarie!!
Patti #8315259

Diane E. Deming level-classic January 20, 2010

Congratulations on your well-deserved win. I am very happy for you. #8315282

Val Feldman level-deluxe January 20, 2010

BP'er's are just the best people in the world! A huge thanks to each and every one of you for stopping by! As always, your encouragement and support is so appreciated! Thanks again! ~Val #8315583

Jim Huffield January 20, 2010

Congratulations, Valarie. Jim #8315739

Jack Ryan January 20, 2010

Way to go, Valarie! Congratulations! #8315744

Margaret R. Barry January 20, 2010

Congratulations on your beautiful winner, Valarie! #8315749

Debra R. Harder January 20, 2010 surprise here, Valarie...this is a STUNNING image!! HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on your OUTSTANDING GOLD WINNER!! Deb #8315778

Mark Dodge January 20, 2010

Alright Val! Way to go with the gold! Gorgeous work! Congratulations :o) #8316132

Dianna Murphy January 20, 2010

Wooo hoooo, yippy skippy! WTG my friend! A big warm hearted congratulations to you on your fantastic winner!!! I wish you continued success in the future.
Dianna #8316914

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict January 20, 2010

Congratulations Valerie on your Wonderful Winner!!!

Dominick #8317052

Rony Sagy January 20, 2010

Outstanding winner, Val. Huge congratulations. #8317053

Val Feldman level-deluxe January 21, 2010

You people are just the best! A warm and huge thanks to all of you for stopping by! ~Val #8318576

Julianne Bradford January 21, 2010

Wonderful work well recognised Valarie! A big congratulations on this stunning capture! #8318890

Val Feldman level-deluxe January 22, 2010

Julianne, you're the sweetest! Thanks for stopping by!! #8321367

JO ANN CLEVELAND January 22, 2010

Totally, totally gorgeous Valarie!

Big congratulations on this well deserved win!

jo ann c. #8321431

Nancy J. Locke January 23, 2010


Great capture, so beautiful.

Hugs, Nancy J Locke #8324164

Kelly S. Cavanaugh January 23, 2010

Congratulations on your fantastic win, Valarie!! #8324870

Robert R. Goodman level-addict January 24, 2010

Congratulations on this beautiful win,Valarie!!!! #8326849

Val Feldman level-deluxe January 25, 2010

A heartfelt thanks to all of you for stopping by and commenting. Thanks so much! ~Val #8328340

Thomas E. Hinds January 25, 2010

Fantastic Winner, Valarie! Just beautiful! #8330430

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe January 26, 2010

So pretty Valarie, congratulations on your win! #8330586

Tommy E. Burgess February 21, 2010

Huge congratulations on your beautiful winner Valarie!!! #8405642

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