Busy Hummingbird Feeder

Photograph of four hummingbirds at a feederThis hummingbird feeder was literally buzzing with activity.  Here you can see three female Ruby Throated Hummingbirds perched on the feeder.  They all stopped to look as the male approached from the right.

Pipe Vine Swallowtail

Searching for good photographic subjects on Big Walker Mountain, I happened upon a group of these large, blue and black butterflies.  My friend James Shelton, who is quite the amateur entomologist, tells me this butterfly is a Pipe Vine Swallowtail.

Lily Twists and Buds

macro photograph of a lily twist

These lily buds twist themselves around when they are finished blooming, or at night, I’m not exactly sure which.  Either way they make for an interesting visual.

Ruby Throated Hummingbird

photograph of a female ruby throated hummingbird at a hummingbird feeder

The Ruby Throated Hummingbird is the only hummingbird that breeds in the Eastern United States.  This female stopped by the feeder on my deck long enough for me to get this photo.

Queen Anne's Lace

Photograph of Queen Anne's Lace against a green backgroundThe mountain bike trail I was riding passed through an open field filled with blooming Queen Anne’s Lace.  I was there in the evening to capture this image as the sun warmly light everything from a low angle.

Wood Lily

photograph of a spotted lilly

These wood lilies bloom throughout the summer.  They’re fairly small.  Each flower is about 2″ (5 cm) across.  Their vibrant colors make them a great subject for a little macro work.

Dragonfly on Bark

Photograph of a dragon fly on barkThis dragonfly stopped to rest on the bark of a tree.  I was already set up, taking photos of the landscape, so I was able to photograph it before it resumed flight.