They're back and doing their thing to keep the species going: Spied my first monarch this morning depositing eggs on the milkweed

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These are blindingly sharp and saturated - just lovely. Could you share which lens you used for this? Any post-processing?
 
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These are blindingly sharp and saturated - just lovely. Could you share which lens you used for this? Any post-processing?
Thank you. I used the Nikon 300 pf on the D6 here, I've often used that focal length for capturing pseudo-macros. Post processing: cropped image; removed some clutter in the background; sharpened in Lightroom; kicked up the vibrance a tad (10 or 12)
 

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Thank you. I used the Nikon 300 pf on the D6 here, I've often used that focal length for capturing pseudo-macros. Post processing: cropped image; removed some clutter in the background; sharpened in Lightroom; kicked up the vibrance a tad (10 or 12)
Ah - awesome - that explains everything I see here - well done!
 

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Just featured a BW image that was nominated and then one minute later had a note in my box about your image. I think they make a nice pair so placed them both today Instead of spacing.


great capture!
 
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What a wonderful set Bob. Lovely colour and detail

I haven’t seen monarch butterflies since leaving New Zealand. Your photos bring back so many happy memories of them. Thank you for sharing them!
 
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Nice ones, Bob. The detail in that second shot is awesome. I take it milkweed is a particular favorite of theirs? Saw something about monarchs and milkweed in another forum. Or was that you with a different persona?
 
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Wonderful job with these Bob.
Thanks Louis
Nice ones, Bob. The detail in that second shot is awesome. I take it milkweed is a particular favorite of theirs? Saw something about monarchs and milkweed in another forum. Or was that you with a different persona?
Thanks Dan...yes milkweed is their food. They lay their eggs on the underside of the leaves, when the caterpillars emerge they feast on the plant. And...they poop a lot! We try to get the cats into a safe container with plenty of leaves that we supply 2-3 times a day and watch the wonder as they continue their metamorphosis towards the next generation Monarch Butterfly.
 
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...We try to get the cats into a safe container with plenty of leaves that we supply 2-3 times a day and watch the wonder as they continue their metamorphosis towards the next generation Monarch Butterfly.
You threw me with the cats comment. I thought you meant to keep them away from the caterpillars. Finally twigged it when I kept reading the post :oops: So whodda thunkit? Bob the bug farmer :)
 
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You threw me with the cats comment. I thought you meant to keep them away from the caterpillars. Finally twigged it when I kept reading the post :oops: So whodda thunkit? Bob the bug farmer :)
So do you have a tiny little shovel?
LOL..no we just pick them up along with a stalk of milkweed and put them into a container covered with a cheese cloth so they can breathe, bring them inside away from predator. We had 15-20 caterpillars in the nursery last year. we line the container with paper towels so wrap up their droppings hygienically enough - a couple of times a day Beautiful when they emerge as monarchs, they cling to your finger when we are set to release them on their journey back to Mexico.
 

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