A big thank you to Susan at Musin’ with Susan for her Macro Moments Challenge:Week 1 

For my first post for this challenge I’ve chosen a shot of a Common Blue butterfly taking nectar from a Birdsfoot Trefoil flower. I hope to spend a lot of time again this summer lying down watching these tiny creatures feeding and basking in the sunshine (that’s the butterflies I mean, though I don’t mind the odd bit of feeding and basking too).

I always say that life isn’t so bad when you can spend hours eyeballing butterflies.

I hope you like this image:

Common Blue macro butterfly birdsfoot trefoil

Common Blue on Birdsfoot Trefoil ©HelenBushe


Exif data:

Canon 7D

EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM

f 5.0


(Pinpoint focus on the eye)








Amy · 6 July 2016 at 21:48

Beautiful macro capture!

    HMB · 6 July 2016 at 21:59

    Thank you Amy

Susan Gutterman · 1 July 2016 at 14:55

Hi Helen, I hope you didn’t miss the post for Macro Moments Week 2 https://musinwithsusan.com/2016/06/29/macro-moments-week-2/ . You were the winner of week 1 of the challenge for your beautiful photo of a blue butterfly. Congratulations! I hope you will continue to participate.

    HMB · 1 July 2016 at 23:36

    Oh thank you Susan. I will try to post something every week. I’ve plenty in the archives to fall back on if my new plan to publish up to date stuff falters!

      Susan Gutterman · 3 July 2016 at 16:32

      Hi Helen, I’m preparing a post to remind photographers to join the Macro Moments challenge (only three entries so far this week) and would like to use your stunning winning entry from last week as the featured photo in my post. Didn’t want to do so without your permission. Of course, I’ll be crediting you for the shot! I’m planning to use the winner from the previous week as the featured photo in each new week’s post going forward.

        HMB · 3 July 2016 at 17:06

        Yes, thanks for choosing my picture. I’d be delighted for you to use it.
        I’m sure the numbers of people joining in this challenge will grow. I do hope so, as its great to have one on Macro.
        I have hundreds of butterfly macros, but to widen the scope of the challenge I’ll post something different this week. That’ll be later in the week as I’m away to Yorkshire for a few days.
        Keep up the good work!

Leah · 29 June 2016 at 20:15

How can that be called common anything? Absolutely stunning. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it!

    HMB · 30 June 2016 at 19:14

    Thanks. They’re my favourites.

imnotsurebut · 26 June 2016 at 01:05

I like your photo. Sometimes it’s difficult to sit so long watching and trying to catch some interesting pose. You have on this one. I like the fuzz between the wings.

elleturner4 · 25 June 2016 at 19:00

Beautiful! I have actually, 5 minutes ago, posted almost the same photo but with the female on the flower!!!

Susan Gutterman · 24 June 2016 at 14:30

Stunning, Helen! Thank you for joining the very first week of Macro Moments.

    HMB · 24 June 2016 at 14:41

    Thanks Susan . For your kind comment, and for your challenge.

Laurie Graves · 24 June 2016 at 14:27

That beautiful blue butterfly doesn’t look at all common to me 😉 Do you have a special lens to get such a wonderful, clear shot?

    HMB · 24 June 2016 at 14:39

    Thanks Laurie. Yes, I use a Canon prime 100mm Macro lens . (Exif detail below picture)

      Laurie Graves · 24 June 2016 at 16:14

      Thanks for the info! I thought you must be using a macro lens to get such exquisite detail. So lovely!

        HMB · 24 June 2016 at 16:18

        I do love macro, so the lens has been worth the initial outlay.

          Laurie Graves · 24 June 2016 at 16:22

          Me, too. Unfortunately my wee camera, with no way to change the lens, only lets me get so close. Someday 🙂

          HMB · 24 June 2016 at 16:31

desleyjane · 24 June 2016 at 14:02

Oh yes what a life! What a gorgeous shot. So perfect.

    HMB · 24 June 2016 at 14:40

    Thank you. Have s good weekend.

thegirlthatdreamsawake · 24 June 2016 at 08:24

Absolutely perfect!!! just perfect!

    HMB · 24 June 2016 at 08:43

    Thanks Marisa. Very kind of you to say that.

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