February 3, 2013

Monarch Butterfly

Photograph by Kenzie Reynen, Your Shot

This Month in Photo of the Day: Your Photos

I found a monarch chrysalis on a piece of bark while at work on a farm one day. Maybe I should not have brought the bark home, but I did, in anticipation of watching the monarch emerge. After a little over a week of life in a jar, the chrysalis changed colors, and the butterfly began to emerge. It was absolutely fascinating. This is the jar in which I watched it emerge, in which it first flapped its wings, and from which I freed it. What a beautiful creature.

(This photo was submitted to Your Shot.)

What Makes This a Photo of the Day? This picture is quite different than what I normally run, which is one of the reasons I chose it. I like the interaction happening between the photographer who cared for the chrysalis, eagerly awaiting its metamorphosis, and the butterfly now going free. —Alexa Keefe, Photo of the Day editor

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Alberto Pasternak
Alberto Pasternak

Excellent   my  friend    congratulations.



Tatum Wulff
Tatum Wulff

I really enjoyed reading the story behind this beautiful image.  I love the complimentary shades of blue, green and yellow reflected in the glass.  A memorable shot!

Myra Linara
Myra Linara

Aah, to have a butterfly resting in your palm, so dainty and delicate but full of life.
It's something I'd like to experience myself.  Lucky you Kenzie Reynen!

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