The scent of wild valerian is irresistible to insects and people too. The roots are used to make a sedative. Valerian grows wild in Slovakia.
A beautiful capture Michael. I have one supplement that I take some nights when I can't sleep that has valerian in it. I wonder if this lovely butterfly will have a short snooze later.
27 Jul 2008 5:28am
@Marion: Perhaps it was sedated enough to let me photograph it. Thanks, Marion. In Slovakia, they soak the root in alcohol to extract the sedative.
Very good shot. I like the sharpness of the butterfly, its colors and also all the background, well made.
27 Jul 2008 5:32am
@Paco Díaz: Thank you very much, Paco.
A real beauty. All your photos are jewels and this one is no exception.
27 Jul 2008 5:42am
@Steve Rice: Thank you, Steve. I really appreciate that.
Beautiful butterfly and lovely color
27 Jul 2008 5:46am
@Cia: Thank you, Cia.
Gorgeous, Michael. Such a stately angle on your subject and perfect depth-of-field. Lovely.
27 Jul 2008 5:55am
@Stephen Phillips: Thank you, Stephen. I really appreciate that. I also got a lot of bites from other insects flying around the valerian.
Well captured, man! Beautiful creature!
27 Jul 2008 6:10am
@Behrooz Sangani: Thank you, Behrooz.
Beautiful and oh so peacefully wild, I'm sedated on Valerian ;)it also looks a little bit like pink popcorn lol
27 Jul 2008 8:50am
@Lorraine: True enough. Many thanks, Lorraine.
Very good photo.
27 Jul 2008 9:28am
@António Pires: Thank you, António
A really beautiful image, I like how the flowers have almost taken on the silky sheen of the butterfly's wings... valerian, one chilled out butterfly!
27 Jul 2008 10:01am
@Kylie Greenan: Yes, quite relaxed. thank you, Kylie.
The details are amazing! Very clear shot, nice composition too :)
27 Jul 2008 10:29am
@Ina: Thank you, Ina.
Excellent detail in the butterfly! I love the curve of the flowers and the DOF.
27 Jul 2008 11:37am
@Betty: Thank you very much, Betty.
Wonderful detail! I wish I could smell the intoxicating smell. The butterfly looks rather pleased, and I am sure I would be too!
27 Jul 2008 1:09pm
@Tracey: It is an amazing perfume. Many thanks, Tracey.
too sharp with very proper lighting.
27 Jul 2008 1:21pm
@Masoud Nahali: Thank you for commenting, Masoud.
Nature provides the ultimate decoration - beautiful shot.
27 Jul 2008 1:47pm
@Ana Lúcia: A great comment. thank you, Ana Lúcia.
Vivid colours and wonderful details! Well taken!
27 Jul 2008 2:26pm
@Koushiro~光子郎: Thank you, Koushiro.
beautiful image :)
27 Jul 2008 2:39pm
@Ondro: Thank you, Ondro.
Good side-on view Michael, and that shows its wing perfectly...
27 Jul 2008 3:45pm
@Observing: Thanks, Mike. Sometimes you have to take the best of what you have.
love how clear and detailed this is.
27 Jul 2008 4:12pm
@Oswegan: Thank you very much, Oswegan.
This image is really pretty. it really should be on a calender.
27 Jul 2008 4:18pm
@Rags: Thank you, Rags.
very beautiful shot... lovely colors!!!
27 Jul 2008 4:57pm
@Kaddy: Thank you so much, Kaddy.
That is beautifully shot. Composition is terrific.
27 Jul 2008 6:13pm
@Michael Rawluk: Thanks very much, Michael.
Michael this is a GORGEOUS macro - so clear and crisp and the colours are phenomenal!! Awesome shot!
27 Jul 2008 6:44pm
@Mandy Provan: Thank you very much, Mandy.
Wow. Your depth of focus is surprisingly small for f/8. Any special tricks woth this one? Nice!
27 Jul 2008 6:56pm
@Mirko Herzner: No tricks with this. Really a straight forward macro. Many thanks, Mirko.
This one has a lovely painterly feel to it, Michael (but with exquisite sharpness and detail in the butterfly) ... really a beautiful capture.
27 Jul 2008 8:05pm
@Ron: Thanks so much, Ron.
Une très jolie macro, c'est lumineux.
27 Jul 2008 8:45pm
@Evelyne Dubos: Merci beaucoup, Evelyne.
Great macro. Unbelievable this picture.
27 Jul 2008 9:10pm
@Jan Verbeke: Thank you very much, Jan.
I don't know about Valerian, but if it lets you sleep, then it must be heavenly and powerful for the butterfly - wonderful capture!
27 Jul 2008 9:39pm
@Judy: Thanks very much, Judy. I must try valerian sometime see if it does make you sleep.
what a nice butterfly !!!
a wonderful macro !
I like "eyes" on its wings !
27 Jul 2008 10:33pm
@marianne: Me too. thanks so much, Marianne.
gorgeous macro Michael! beautiful color and detail!
28 Jul 2008 1:24am
@dj.tigersprout: Thanks again, Jaycee.
Your image is exceptional. So exceptional in fact I feel like that creepy flying thing is near me and I'm scared to death of them. I can face a snake before I can stand having something like this flying at me from any direction. Just thought I'd let you know I love the composition, but I have a really difficult time viewing flying creepy things:-)
28 Jul 2008 1:56am
@sherri: Thanks for letting me know, Sherri. I understand perfectly.
I agree with Sherri, haha. fantastic detail.
28 Jul 2008 3:17am
@Jennifer Radio: Thanks for commenting, Jennifer. Not everyone likes insects.
une tres belle photo
28 Jul 2008 3:53am
@Zygene: Merci, Zygene.
I feel this butterfly has too many eyes......just looking too much at me.....makes me shy!!! But....it is so beautiful and so much like a ballerina. Today I saw a huge black butterfly, at Kamakura, near the lotus pond...and I went round and round, turning, stopping, going again, stopping, waiting.......NO CHANCE to see IT stop its fluttering wings for one second!!!! I once said that butterflies in Japan are nervous creatures...and I do believe it! So.....I got me no butterfly!!!
28 Jul 2008 10:02am
@Japanalia: Perhaps if there was a patch of valerian somewhere, they might be sedated into staying longer. A great comment, Gabriela.
love the texture on the wings of the butterfly! awesome catch! trying to catch images of butterflies too!
28 Jul 2008 12:56pm
@Carlos Palma: I wish you luck. thank you, Carlos.
Superbe, ce papillon ! une magnifique photo !
28 Jul 2008 9:49pm
@Francesc B.: Merci, Francesc.
31 Jul 2008 12:30am
@Twelvebit: Thank you so much.
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