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Arizona Republic Weather Photo 09/09/2014 – Two-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly

09/09/2014 – Two-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly

Arizona Republic Weather Photo

My “Swallowtail Luminance” photo was printed in today’s Arizona Republic newspaper.  The image is of a Two-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly from the Desert View Visitor Center on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. It was captured on July 5th . Like other striped swallowtails, it has a small orange eyespot near the lower angle of each hindwing; the eyespots can fool predators into attacking the rear of the butterfly instead of the head, giving the butterfly a chance to escape. Below is a link to the complete Arizona Republic Weather Photo Gallery.

AZ Weather Photo Gallery

Swallowtail Luminance - Arizona Republic Weather Photo 09/09/2014 - Two-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly post

Below is a higher resolution version  (photo info: 500mm, 1/1000 sec, f/8, ISO 400).

Swallowtail Luminance - Arizona Republic Weather Photo 09/09/2014 - Two-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly post

 

 

 

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Arizona Sonora Desert Museum – Photo Trip

02/23/2014

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

We have been wanting to go back to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum for awhile. Last time we were there was in 2012. It was kind of a last minute decision, we had a rental car and decided to put some miles on it. Ended up leaving around 7:00 am, after our quick stop at Starbucks.

Before arriving at the ticket window we were greeted by a magnificent hawk, allowing the close-up capture below (photo info: 500mm, 1/500 sec, f/8, ISO 400).

Raptor Detail - Arizona Sonora Desert Museum post

A greeter for the Desert Museum.

We decided to get the family annual pass ($75) instead of purchasing two tickets ($39 for two). For Mr. Jimmy it would have only been $17.50 (Seniors). 🙂

Raptor Free Flight – 10:00 am

Each day at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm (thru April 14th this year) they have a Raptor Free Flight live animal presentation. They feature different birds during each show. Below is a Peregrine Falcon from the morning show (photo info: 500mm, 1/2000 sec, f/8, ISO 800).

Strike A Peregrine Pose - Arizona Sonora Desert Museum post

The Peregrine Falcon posing for the photographer

Hummingbird Aviary

You can’t miss the Hummingbird Aviary while you are at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum! Below is very up close capture (photo info: 90mm macro, 1/160 sec, f/8, ISO 800).

Tongue Of A Fledging  - Arizona Sonora Desert Museum post

A macro shot from the Hummingbird Aviary

Below is a short video of the hummingbird above.

Raptor Free Flight – 2:00 pm

Below is a Peregrine Falcon from the afternoon show (photo info: 500mm, 1/2000 sec, f/8, ISO 800).

Harris Hawk Soaring - Arizona Sonora Desert Museum post

The Raptor Free Flight from a different view point

 

More Than A Few Photos

Below is a slideshow of several more photos from our trip.

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Map

Well, all good things must come to a end, and this is the end of our post on our trip to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. Adios!

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