Butterfly's Birthday

© Lisa J. Boulden

Butterfly's Birthday

Uploaded: March 03, 2008


Newly emerged Paper Kite butterfly.
Note the soon-to-emerge chrysalis' in the background.
Captured 3/3/08, at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory,
in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

Nikkor 105mm VR macro.
Handheld, through plexiglass window.
ISO 400. 1/250th. f4.

April 2008

Exif: F Number: 3.2, Exposure Bias Value: 0.50, ExposureTime: 10/1250 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 640, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 105.00 mm, Model: NIKON D80


Tiia Vissak March 03, 2008

great colors & clarity! #868771

Carol Sawyer March 03, 2008

Beautiful image and great details, Lisa! #5587616

Sam Britt March 03, 2008

Terrific image, Lisa. Great color & clarity. #5587626

Brock A. Willis March 03, 2008

Great job I love taking pictures of butterflys.

Laurie Daily level-deluxe March 03, 2008

Absolutely beautiful, Lisa. I will be so glad to see these beauties again! #5587688

Barbara E. Sturgis March 03, 2008

Beautiful image!!Lisa. #5588122

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe March 03, 2008

Excellent lighting, comp and capture Lisa! Jeff #5588133

Jim Baines March 03, 2008

This is perfect! Mother Nature and Lisa at their finest! #5588146

Barbara Waldoch level-classic March 03, 2008

Gorgeous, Lisa! #5588156

aaaaa bbbbb March 03, 2008

Beautifully done. Clarity is outstanding as is the detail and DOF. #5588300

"emmanuel ""nolax""" N. Montemar March 03, 2008

wow!! this is so beautiful and the colors just excellent!! #5588413

Bill Knaps March 03, 2008

What a beautiful shot Lisa. Bill #5588421

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic March 03, 2008

I really appreciate all your thoughtful comments! Thank you, Tiia, Carol, Sam, Brock, Laurie, Barbara S., Jeff, Jim, Barbara W., Vicki, Nolax, and Bill!
Many blessings, Lisa
~•~♥~•~ #5588797

Colleen Farrell March 03, 2008

Wow, you have a very steady hand, Lisa! The detail in this capture is just breathtaking. This is a winner, for sure! #5589088

Marina Moore March 03, 2008

This is beyond wow!!! Wonderful, wonderful work. :) #5589315

Stefania Barbier level-addict March 03, 2008

I agree with Marina, this is beyond wow...! #5589380

Tammy Espino March 04, 2008

Wow! #5590707

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic March 04, 2008

Thank you, Colleen, Marina, Stefania, and Tammy!
Smiles, Lisa
~•~♥~•~ #5592016

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna March 04, 2008

BEAUTIFUL, Lisa!!!!!! ♫ k #5592828

Roxanne M. Bubar March 04, 2008

Lisa, wow, fantastic details, gorgeous tones and lighting #5592851

Kathleen Rinker March 04, 2008

Wowee Lisa this is incredible, absolutely gorgeous, great work!!! #5593117

Shannon D. Miller March 04, 2008

WINNER!!! This is Soooo....GORGEOUS Lisa! STUNNING, the lighting, detail, colors and clarity are perfect! LOVE IT! It's a fav! Shannon~ #5593441

Mary Dimitriw level-classic March 04, 2008

What a wonderful image Lisa!! I spent a couple of hours at the butterfly conservatory a few weeks ago and didn't get anything close to as beautiful as this. Mind you, I think I was sweating so badly in there my view finder kept fogging up. LOL...I'm wearing a t-shirt and shorts next time!! #5593510

Eivor Kuchta March 05, 2008

Beautiful details and background! A lovely image! #5595341

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic March 05, 2008

Thank you, Kitty, Roxanne, Kathleen, Shannon, Mary, and Eivor, for such uplifting and supportive comments!
Blesings, Lisa
~•~♥~•~ #5595571

March 05, 2008

Hi Lisa, stunning good macro with fantastic details due the great exposure and fine sharpness. Compliments for this beauty
gr.Rob #5596524

Iluminado Delgado March 05, 2008

Incredible capture, wonderful!! #5596648

Iluminado Delgado March 05, 2008

Incredible capture, wonderful!! #5596649

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic March 05, 2008

I'm glad you both visited today, Rob and Iluminado. Thanks for your kind comments!
~lisa #5596702

Bill Wyatt March 05, 2008

Beautiful details and composition! Love the bg colors too! #5597417

Sandra R. Alvey March 05, 2008


Fantastic image Lisa! #5598075

Cassie L. Woodlee March 05, 2008

Stunning capture Lisa, the colors, detail and comp. are wonderful!!!! #5598713

Irene Colling level-classic March 05, 2008

This is a very dynamic composition and of course the color and detail is great. I once watched a butterfly hatch but the window was far too smugged to take a clear photo. #5598750

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic March 05, 2008

Thank you for visiting and for the wonderful remarks, Bill, Sandi, Cassie, and Irene! They leave me smiling!

Irene, the window here was pretty smudged with stuff I couldn't wipe off with a tissue. I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't show up in the picture. Perhaps due to the large aperture and my close proximity to the window?
~♥~Blessings, Lisa #5598813

Jennifer L. Alder March 06, 2008

OUTSTANDING, Lisa!!!! WOW!!!!! :) #5600198

frank w. degenhardt level-classic March 06, 2008

Lisa- You took one of the most beautiful and dramatic changes in nature and caught is so perfectly. This picture belongs in a magazine. What beauty and awe you have captured so expertly. This has to be displayed on a wall, in a magizine, somewhere where people can walk by and stop and see the beauty of nature.
marvelous work.
Have a most lovely day, take care, be safe. #5600747

Gail R. Schuett March 06, 2008

Beautifully done...even with the window and all the distractions in that place.Your angle,color and clarity are super.Gail #5600817

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic March 06, 2008

I am so pleased with your comments! Thank you, Jennifer, Frank, and Gail!
~♥~Smiles, Lisa #5601002

Robert R. Goodman level-addict March 06, 2008

That is a stunning capture,Lisa.What a beautiful little butterfly!!!!! #5601187

Christian Rosito March 06, 2008

Amazing and beautiful! great capture! #5601239

Kathleen R. Struckle March 06, 2008

Gorgeous detail and color!! #5602078

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic March 06, 2008

Thank you, Robert, Christian, and Kathleen!
~♥~Blessings, Lisa #5604234

Nancy (Peaches) Harker March 06, 2008

HOw lucky for you to capture this Lisa, I went to a butterfly exhibit and never did find any emerging. Maybe next time.
Fantastic lighting, color, clarity!!!
Super girl!!! #5604412

Colette M. Metcalf March 07, 2008

Wonderful capture, Lisa!!! #5605756

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic March 07, 2008

So glad you stopped by, Nancy and Colette! I really appreciate you kind words.

Kathy L. Clark March 07, 2008

What a treasure Lisa. Wonderful event and gorgeous image. #5606773

Kristi A. Howson March 07, 2008

Such a great moment to see and capture...love the detail and contrasting brokah Lisa! #5607076

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic March 09, 2008

Thank you, Kathy and Kristi!
~~Lisa #5616023

Hayden Cannon level-classic March 11, 2008

Stunning capture Lisa beautiful colors, lighting, pov, comp and details I love everything about it fantastic photo! #5626579

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic March 11, 2008

Thanks a bunch, Hayden!
Glad you stopped by!
~~♥~Lisa #5626927

Jeffrey D. Estacio level-classic March 11, 2008

nice color and clarity. Good job. Good luck on the contest. #5629608

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe March 11, 2008

Outstanding, great timing and clarity. Wow! #5630187

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic March 11, 2008

Jeffrey and Donna, tThank you for your encouraging comments!
~Lisa #5630434

Garth D. Beatty level-classic March 12, 2008


Very nice, and I believe I visited there several years ago when we visted the Falls. As I remember, it was very nice
with a nice variety of butterflies and


Roger Fry March 14, 2008

Difficult to choose my favourite of your butterfly shots - they're all nice ! #5642683

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic March 14, 2008

Thank you, Garth and Roger! Glad you both stopped in for a visit!
~Lisa #5644214

John Connolly March 15, 2008

Happy Birthday Paper Kite! A brilliant close up, and congrats on your EP button! #5646589

Crystal L. Craig March 15, 2008

Amazing colour and clarity in this beautiful macro Lisa! Splendidly captured :) #5647296

Susana Ms Heide March 15, 2008

This has gotta be one of the best and most beautiful butterfly images I've seen in a long time!!! The DOF beautifully separates the subject from the background! Love the lack of color of the butterfly against the rich background!! Good luck Lisa!! #5647641

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic March 15, 2008

I REALLY appreciate your wonderfully thoughtful comments, John, Crystal, and Susana! Thank you!
Blessings, Lisa♥ #5647785

Bill Houghton March 18, 2008

This is outstanding Lisa. You have some beautiful work. Thanks so much for your comments. Bill #5658046

Corinne M. Thompson March 18, 2008

Fabulous capture, colors, clarity & details!

Terry Cervi level-classic March 20, 2008

Welcome to the world, little Kite! A wonderful capture, Lisa! I love that you managed to capture he emergence at the perfect moment. Super work! #5667790

Schiavonn M. Hasslinger March 20, 2008

Absolutely breathtaking! Stunning capture.. great work!!! #5670877

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic March 20, 2008

Thank you, Bill, Corinne, Terry, and Schiavonn, for the wonderful words!!! They mean so much!
~♥~Lisa #5670909

Dennis Gay April 21, 2008

G'day Lisa,

This is a most deceiving image.
At first viewing it seems like a rather minimalistic scene with the B&W butterfly and plain background but upon further investigtaion it holds quite a lot of very interesting detail.
Very well exposed in good light, lovely bokeh, sharp focus and a great composition.
Good work that girl!

Dennis #5814822

Garth D. Beatty level-classic April 24, 2008


Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe April 24, 2008

Congratulations on your award Lisa, this is remarkable!! #5836131

Alex T. Mizuno April 24, 2008

Congratulations again, my friend! This is an amazing beauty! Well deserved Honor!! #5836155

Lola M. level-classic April 24, 2008

Congratulations on this amazingly beautiful win!!! #5836233

Susan Fox April 24, 2008

Congratulations on your beautiful honorable mention!!!!! #5836247

Stefania Barbier level-addict April 24, 2008


Mitch Spence level-classic April 24, 2008

Lisa, congratulations on the HM in the cash contest for this beautiful shot. #5836627

Kimi A. Phillips April 24, 2008

Big congrats!:) #5836702

Sylvia Rossler April 24, 2008

Big congrats on your wonderful HM winner Lisa :O) #5837040

Jean-Pierre Ducondi level-classic April 24, 2008

Congratulations Lisa. Beautiful work as usual ;-)
JP #5838649

Jean-Pierre Ducondi level-classic April 24, 2008

Congratulations Lisa. Beautiful work as usual ;-)
JP #5838650

paola A. Jofre April 25, 2008

Lisa Congratulations!!! Amazing shot,the detail , the background Wow!!! Amazing shot!!! #5841654

cheryl m. phillips April 25, 2008

This is a whole lotta WOW! Lisa!!
Congrats! Wonderful work!!!
~cheryl #5843146

Avril Young April 26, 2008

Outstanding photo...and awesome presentation! #5843360

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic April 26, 2008

What a fabulous surprise!!!
Thank you everyone!
~♥~Lisa #5843402

Angela Azzinnaro April 26, 2008

WOW Lisa this is another AMAZING capture!!!!!! BEAUTIFULLY DONE!!!!!! I LOVE all of your work!!!! You are such a talented photographer!!!! GOD has given you a VERY special gift!!!!!! :) #5844534

Sue Marshall April 26, 2008

Sensational capture Lisa!!
This is soooo beautiful!!
Big congrats to you!! :-)) #5845031

Kathy L. Clark April 27, 2008

Congrats Lisa on this well deserved image. #5850441

Laurie Daily level-deluxe April 28, 2008

Such an amazing shot...A HUGE congrats, Lisa on your honorable mention...this is fabulous and so very deserving of recognition! #5855044

Daniella Puente April 28, 2008

Lisa a big congrats for the mention of this AMAZING and unique photo, your work is fantastic!!! #5855348

Ian Cassell level-classic April 29, 2008

I think I better hang up my Macro lens. I've spent extensive hours at the local butterfly exhibit and haven't come close to this! Great job! #5857936

Vladan D. Djordjevic April 30, 2008

Terrific details, textures, colors and comp. #5863835

Patrick Rouzes level-classic May 01, 2008

CONGRATULATIONS on this well -deserved medal,Lisa!!! Phenomenal work!!! #5866723

Jessica Jenney May 01, 2008

Congratulations, Lisa on your gorgeous Honorable Mention! #5867322

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic May 01, 2008

Thank you, Angela, Sue, Kathy, Laurie, Daniella, Ian, Vladan, Patrick, and Jessica, for your wonderfully uplifting comments!
Many blessings, Lisa♥ #5867512

Rahul Sharma May 01, 2008

Many congratulations Lisa on this wonderful shot and the award.... well done... #5868527

aaaaa bbbbb May 02, 2008

You have an amaizing gallery and this image is perfect in every way! #5875408

Holly Hitchcock May 03, 2008

FABULOUS image, Lisa. Isn't nature just amazing??!!

Great comp and colors! #5878059

Candice L. Carter May 03, 2008

Congrats! This is stunning! Abstly exquisite! #5878583

David Van Camp May 03, 2008

Yes, stunning is the word... & congrats on the HM, Lisa! #5879514

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic May 03, 2008

I want to thank you so much for such uplifting comments, Rahul, Vicki, Holly, Candice, and David!
Many blessings, Lisa♥ #5879947

Sheila D. Robertson May 03, 2008

Delicate....great work here. #5880091

Mary K. Robison May 04, 2008

A superb macro, Lisa, with fantastic clarity and outstanding composition!
That warm orange color is such a perfect backdrop for the pattern on the new-born b-fly. Easy to see how this earned an HM badge ~ it deserves any award it receives. Congratulations! #5880662

Eugenio Diaz May 04, 2008

Hi Lisa, Congratulations!!!!
Your fantastic Butterfly's Birthday picture is a winner!
This photo is so very beautiful...what a joy it must be to have them so close to you ....You are the master of the butterfly!!! Excellent shot . Clean and Simple, FAN...TAS...TIC

Renata Gusciora May 05, 2008

Wow!Absolutely amazing!Congratulations! #5885582

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic May 05, 2008

I really appreciate your encouraging remarks, Sheila, Mary, Eugenio, and Renata! Thank you!
Smiles, Lisa♥ #5885727

Irene Colling level-classic May 05, 2008

So wonderful Lisa. Color and clarity are perfect. Well done. #5886742

John Cobalt May 05, 2008

wow wow wow #5886794

Judy V. Kennamer level-classic May 06, 2008

Gorgeous Lisa!!! Congrats on your Winner! #5890264

Judy V. Kennamer level-classic May 06, 2008

Gorgeous Lisa!!! Congrats on your Winner! #5890278

Colleen Farrell May 06, 2008

I neglected to congratulate you on your Honorable Mention for this amazing image, Lisa! Way to go--so well-deserved!! #5891123

Jeana Clark May 07, 2008

Sorry for my tardiness in this congrats to your fantastic winner Lisa!!!
Outstanding and well deserved!!!

~J~ #5895831

Marilyn K. Lincecum level-classic May 07, 2008

BEAUTIFUL in every way and a well deserved win. Congratulations on your Honorabel Mention. Gorgeous colors and clarity. #5898107

Susan Candelario May 20, 2008

Excellent capture, Lisa!!! Congrats on you well deserved HM. #5950738

Fanie Heymans May 21, 2008

WOW Excellent photo!! Thank you for your kind comments on my winner “Runners” I do appreciate it. #5957983

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic May 21, 2008

I really appreciate your wonderfully uplifting comments!
Thank you!
~Lisa #5958255

M. S. White May 22, 2008

This is absolutely an amazing photo! I love the contrast of the butterfly with the golden background. Such great clarity too. Congrats on the HM!!! #5964293

Nick Lagos June 16, 2008

The precision here is exceptional Lisa... a very well deserved win #6064567

David A. Simons March 27, 2009

Congratulations and really stunning work, Lisa. #7338460

Iluminado Delgado March 27, 2009

A year ago I was moved by this image and is no surprise that it has received recognition. Congratulations!! However, seein your more recent work, I realzed that I've been away from your page too long. Fantastic images Lisa!!! Have a great weekend!! #7339797

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