Maybe it was because of the long drought. I’d like to think it was intentional, leaving sunflowers and other garden flowers mixed in along the edges of the fields. I have seen just two butterflies here in a year, but they were all over the place along the road by the farm. Flying down into the mass of flowers and what’s left of the sunflowers — huge seeds. The birds were happy and I saw butterflies in every color — as much as I could in that very bright light. It was beautiful.
I didn’t get any pictures of the butterflies. First, because they dodged in and out of the flowers and bushes and weeds. But also, it was such a bright day that I simply couldn’t see well enough to focus in on a shot. The good part of shooting in all that brightness is that the pictures didn’t need anything except a bit of cropping. No processing required. The bad thing is that it’s hard to see with the reflections in the screen and even in ones eyeglasses and the lens itself. I usually can’t be sure if the picture came out until I get home and download it.
It’s easier to take pictures on a slightly overcast day, but today was as close to perfect as a day in New England ever is. Cool, dry, slightly breezy with a cloudless blue sky. I could live in this climate all year round.