Just Butterflies and Blooms - A photographic Walk in Longs, South Carolina

Ripe POKE Berries hanging on the bush

Poke Berries
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What a great day to have a Camera!

I guess it was right around 9:30 AM om a sunny day. I had just gone through my normal regimen of catching up with the goings on in the world and other such mundane tasks that one often turns into a morning habit.

Then, having a little time to kill, I walked over to the window, and any other plans I might have had were put on hold.

It was a beautiful, sunny South Carolina morning, and I decided that I should be outside and taking in the weather.

So, on with the walking shoes, and out the door I went.

But, just before leaving the house, my Nikon Camera caught my eye, lying so lonely on the side table near the door.

So, I grabbed it also and stuffed it into my pocket.

It only took a 1/4 of a mile or so before most of the kinks were worked out of my body,and I could relax into my own walking pace. It was probably a slow pace for most people, but one that works for me.

And, as I made my first turn onto a side street, there it was; a beautiful butterfly crossed my path and landed on a flowering bush directly in front of me.

I stopped and pulled out the camera, and realized that I had to make a decision; was I walking for the exercise, or was I walking for the beauty of the walk?

Then, a flutter of another butterfly's wings just down the street made up my mind for me.

It was going to be a walk just to enjoy the beauty of it all.

The pictures that you see here are a few of the better shots I took on that 3-mile walk that day.

Beautiful flowers and insects everywhere, and really, just a great day to observe nature at its best.

I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I do the memory of that walk.

A Collection of Nature Pictures

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Butterfly2
Butterfly2 | Source
Bee on Bloom
Bee on Bloom | Source
Golden Pine Cone
Golden Pine Cone | Source
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Butterfly3 | Source
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Just another Walk, wth a Camera in hand

I took another walk today,

the weather was oh so nice,

I kicked up the pace,

and turned the day into a race.


A race between myself

and my previous best.

A quarter mile or so,

and I finally passed those

pains and strains of old age,

and yesterday's youthful abuses.


Finally, my body

kicked into gear,

the sweat started to run,

and my labored breathing

went from heaving

to even.


My mind cleared

and I realized

the abundant colors and motions

in the yards and fields around me,


So I raised my camera

and I started to shoot,

the scenes that you now see

as I continued

through my route.


I kept to my original pace.

with sweat still dripping,

from my brow,

Snapping shots of nature

along the way..


But then I remembered,

how fleeting was the life

of each fluttering insect

I was capturing so boldly.


So, I finally slowed,

and concentrated

on their short moment of glory.


Eventually though

the walk was over

and I was finally Home,

Tired,

Sore,

and Wet.


But Smiling, don't you see?


Just thinking about

these private moments

I did have with just

the Blooms,

the Insets, and Me!.


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An interesting Butterfly resting on a bloom

Butterfly4
Butterfly4 | Source
A single Morning Glory bloom
A single Morning Glory bloom | Source
Butterflies everywhere on my walk
Butterflies everywhere on my walk | Source
Butterfly pic 6
Butterfly pic 6 | Source
Butterfly7
Butterfly7 | Source
Wildflower
Wildflower | Source
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Butterfly8 | Source
Butterfly9
Butterfly9 | Source
Palm Shadows
Palm Shadows | Source
A Short Beautiful Life and then Death
A Short Beautiful Life and then Death | Source
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Wildflower - Jessamine
Wildflower - Jessamine | Source
Butterfly10
Butterfly10 | Source

Get out there and look for yourself.

If you enjoyed these pictures of mine, get out there and look for yourself.

At times, you just have to slow down and open your eyes.

There is beauty everywhere Nature has a foothold.

Besides, Even if there are no Butterflies that day, there are other insects and wonderful colors just waiting for you to admire.and be amazed.

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PS: IF you know the proper name for these beauties of Nature, let me know, and I will update the picture labels.

Great Documentary on Butterflies

© 2010 Don Bobbitt

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Comments 26 comments

paulgc 6 years ago

A very nice Hub indeed Don. I really like your pictures and you have a done a great job conveying a sense of exploration and enjoyment of your surroundings. I look forward to seing more of your work, thanks, Paul.


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steve-bc-ca 6 years ago from West Kelowna, BC, Canada

I really enjoyed this hub, the poem and all the wonderful images, Thanks Paul.


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Don Bobbitt 6 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Thanks Guys,

I appreciate the kind words.

My goal with the world of Hubs is to learn how to be a better writer and photographer. Positive feedback like yours really helps me start on the next project.

Still, I have a long way to go with photography to catch up with you Paul.

Have a great day.


shelby 6 years ago

" . . . concentrated on their short moment of glory" . . . I loved it because it is so true, and, of course, the pictures are beautiful. My favorite, best, this time? . . . all the butterflies and the first picture of more poke berries. Now I want that one also. Butterfly No. 2 (I think that is the one) has a face on it - eyes, nose, mouth - amazing!!! Another GREAT job! ss


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Don Bobbitt 6 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Thanks Shelby,

Not bad Pics for a random days walk with a camera in hand.

Sometimes Chance serves up some real beauty.

The Poem was a 30-minute thing after I took my shower, and realized I needed to say something about all of the beauty I had just seen. As usual, it needs work.


jami l. pereira 5 years ago

Very lovely story and photos ! I enjoyed everyone , but i think the dead butterfly needs to go at the end ! LOL !! poor little guy !:( lol thanks for sharing , great job ! i voted up all the way across the board ! have a blessed afternoon:)


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Don Bobbitt 5 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Thanks jami, Have a Great Day! And, You're right, move the Dead Butterfly!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Okay, so I'm a little late coming to the party but I'm so glad I came. This entire hub is so good. Your explanations, your 'narrative' poem and your breathtaking pictures. So very glad I found this hub linked to your other one.

Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting. I'm sharing this one so we can spread this beauty around!


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

tillsontitan- Thank you so much for your read and your great comments. I appreciate that someone really likes my samples of "Nature Captured". And your shareing them is a real compliment for the me, an Amateur photographer.

Thanks again,

DON


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

tillsontitan- Thank you so much for your read and your great comments. I appreciate that someone really likes my samples of "Nature Captured". And your shareing them is a real compliment for the me, an Amateur photographer.

Thanks again,

DON


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dghbrh 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Just so mind blowing all are. Sharing this awesome collection across. Thank you for this hub. Votes all +++++++++++++++


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

It is very beautiful! Thanks for sharing your "breathtaking" walk (and poem) with us. I enjoyed it.


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janshares 3 years ago from Washington, DC

Oh Don, these are so breath-taking, I can't even breathe looking at them. Magnificent hub. I love they way you cherished and savored those moments. OMG, I can barely look at the blinding beauty. The text is wonderful, too. Up, awesome, beautiful!


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

dghbrh- Than You for taking the time to find and read my little photographic journey.

I really love to take that second glance at what is right there in front of me.

Don


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

janshare- Thanks for your fantastic response to my photography.

I really appreciate these positive comments. They make me want to go out and take more ane more pictures.

And the Vote UP is great too,

Thanks again,

Don


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

What absolutely gorgeous photos! You are certainly gifted with that camera of yours.

I tried to give you 5 stars but that link doesn't seem to be working. I refreshed the page and that didn't help either, so you might want to look into what's not working.

Otherwise I voted this hub up and beautiful, have placed a link to it in my hub "Glasswing Butterflies," etc., and will share this hub with my followers.


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Blond Logic 3 years ago from Brazil

Hi Don,

I love the opening sentence. That explains so much of what we all do. I for one am glad you took the camera, not only for the photos, but it gives a person the reason to stop and notice, instead of just walking for exercise. Taking time to 'smell the roses' is more beneficial for health than the walking I believe. Thanks to Au Fait for sharing.


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Your butterfly and flower photos are just awesome, and I love the way you added the poem. I am in Georgia, so we are neighbors!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I love going for walks with my camera. I get a little exercise and enjoy some of natures beauty. I enjoyed your pictures as well as your poem, you did a great job on both! Voting up, interesting and beautiful! :)


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Au Fait- Thanks so much for the vote UP and the fact that you enjoyed my photos.

I will check out the "Star" thing and thanks again for telling me about the problem.

Don


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

rebeccamealey- I am so glad that you liked my collection of photos. Thank You for your comment, Georgia girl.

Don


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Blond Logic- Thans for the kind words about my Hub. I really appreciate it.

Don


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crazyhorsesghost 3 years ago from East Coast , United States

I shared this one and voted it up. Now this is classy work. Don I thought I took great nature photos but everyone including me could take lessons from you. Great presentation on this Hub. Great all around.


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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida Author

crazyhorseghost- Thanks so much for your read and for your great comment.

I really did take these pics on one of my walks, and it was if every insect and bush was posing for me. Uf you know butterflies, they are very skittish when someone comes near, but on this day, everything worked!

Who knew?

Thanks again, Don


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MizBejabbers 14 months ago

Beautiful photos, Don. I enjoyed your walk; you made it into the gift that keeps on giving. Isn't the South beautiful and wonderful!


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Don Bobbitt 14 months ago from Ruskin Florida Author

MizBejabbers- Thanks for the nice comment.

It's a shame isn't it? Once upon a time, we could put articles and photographs onto our HP site and our fellow HPers could search around a little and find what we used to call "gems" that entertained them.

Now? It's Commercialize, Commercialize, Commercialize!

Have a good Day!

DON

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