I was out with my camera today to photograph insects at two very public parks; one is popular with rollerbladers and joggers, the other popular as a site for weddings because it's so lavishly planted with roses and other photogenic flowers. In both places I was knee-deep in the weediest patches lush with milkweed and daisies focusing my lens at bumblebees, beetles, and butterflies. I got more than a few cross-eyed glances from passerby! Birdwatching gets a person used to the odd looks from others, I think. There was a time when I was very self-conscious going out with binoculars around my neck; lately I've added a camera slung over my shoulder as well as the bag of extra lenses, just in case. If rollerbladers don't feel funny with those big wheeled-boots on their feet on a ninety degree day, why should I?
This tiny butterfly, the size of a dime, is an Eastern-Tailed Blue I think, feeding on yarrow.
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