Garden Photo of the Day

Swallowtail Beauty

By: Kim Charles

Francis Figliola from Hartsdale, NY, perfectly captures the swalllowtail butterfly, busy at work.

"This butterfly was pristine, newly minted and willing to pose for my modest Cannon Power Shot SX 110!  The lighting this morning was perfect."

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  1. tennisluv 08/18/2017

    How gorgeous. Thanks for sharing her beauty and your skill with the camera.

  2. Maggieat11 08/18/2017

    Lovely way to start the day!

  3. NCYarden 08/18/2017

    Sublime. My heart's aflutter.

  4. jagardener 08/18/2017

    Awesome. Truly awesome!

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    treasuresmom 08/18/2017

    Beautiful! Wish I could take such great photos.

  6. user-4691082 08/18/2017

    Francis, they are magazine worthy!

  7. Beezos 08/18/2017

    Gorgeous pics!

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    meander_michaele 08/18/2017

    Beautiful pictures, Francis...I am as enthralled by the flower as the butterfly. The center cone has so much texture and complexity. I can almost imagine the folks of Dr. Seuss's Whoville living within the shadows of those orange hued spines. And, for you Dr.Seuss purists, no worries...I know the plot of 'Horton Hears a Who' has the teeny tiny folks inhabiting a speck of dust... my imagination just got the best of me for moment.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 08/18/2017

    Some of my favorite butterflies. Nice captures.

  10. thevioletfern 08/18/2017

    Lucky you! You captured the moment beautifully. So much magic in our world!

  11. Chris_N 08/18/2017

    Wonderful photos, Francis. I love it when wildlife cooperates since it rarely does.

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    LindaonWhidbey 08/18/2017

    Butterflies are such a gift in the garden. Nice capture, Francis.

  13. user-7008735 08/18/2017

    Beautiful photos, Francis! How lucky that the butterfly was willing to "sit" for her photo; they so often flutter by.

  14. JoannaAtGinghamGardens 08/18/2017

    Those pictures are amazing! Thank you for sharing.

  15. user-5117752 08/18/2017

    Fabulous shots!!! We've had a fairly wet summer here in Western North Carolina and I've never seen so many swallowtails, both black and yellow! They are an absolute delight to watch. Wish my hands weren't so shaky, I'd take a chance on a photo or two. Thank you, Francis!

  16. cooksforfive 08/18/2017

    Your pictures made me smile on this rainy afternoon. Thanks!

  17. Sunshine111 08/18/2017

    Love it! I visited the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus Ohio yesterday and really enjoyed their butterfly garden. Thanks for sharing this wonderful nature gift!

  18. greengenes 08/19/2017

    What a nice surprise today! These are great pictures you captured Francis! We have seen quite a few around here but i have never really been able to capture them. They are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  19. poest 08/20/2017

    I'm Francis. Thank you all for the most wonderful comments!

  20. user-6536305 08/21/2017

    Stunning photos! I like the fact that you indicated the type of camera that you are using. The modest Cannon power shot sx100 sure takes great detailed photos. Thanks for sharing.

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