Fun Friday: Monarch & Rattlesnake Interaction

The local Missouri Master Gardener group I’m a member of had a great week. On Wednesday morning we met and drove to a wonderful butterfly garden that a nearby Kansas Master Gardener established many years ago. We had a very educational tour from the local butterfly expert, learning much about the butterflies and the plants. I also managed to grab a few photos as we walked among the many plants established for the butterflies. I decided to feature this interesting photo of a beautiful Monarch butterfly seeking nectar from a Rattlesnake Master wildflower:

Monarch butterfly on Rattlesnake Master wildflower

I requested and received permission to return at a later time for some more butterfly/caterpillar photography. Since I’m busy preparing equipment/techniques for the upcoming Perseids meteor shower, followed on it’s heels by the total solar eclipse, I’ll likely make another trip to this wonderful butterfly garden once the eclipse is over.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark II body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 500 (due to a strong, gusty wind)
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/1000 sec.



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