Fredricksburg, Texas – Windmill HDR

Fredricksburg, Texas - Windmill HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR, HDR in Photomatix

About an hour and a half drive form Austin is a cute town called Fredricksburg.  This photo was taken at a place called Wildseed Farm.   Here they sell Texas wildflowers and have a wonderful butterfly haus.  For more detials on the butterflies, check my earlier post from Fredricksburg.

In Texas you can find many wonderful windmills!  This one has a Texas “star” on it.  Texas is known as the “Lone Star State”.  

The Lone Star State: Perhaps one of the most recognized nicknames of any state, “The Lone Star State” comes from the symbolism of the star on the 1836 flag of the republic, the “National Standard of Texas.” The single golden star on a blue background signified Texas as an independent republic and was a reminder of the state’s struggle for independence from Mexico. The “Lone Star” can be found on the Texas State Flag and on the Texas State Seal today.

Our state is very prideful….you can find such “stars” on the side of many peoples houses and all over Texas!  It was nice to see this one even on a windmill!!    Enjoy!

Fredricksburg, Texas – Butterfly

Butterfly Fredricksburg

NIKON D300, Nikon 105 VR

Here is a picture I took at the Wildseed Farm – Butterfly Haus in Fredricksburg. It is fun to walk inside such a house filled with Butterflies fluttering all over.  Still with all their buddies around they still get skittish around people.  You try to get get close and they fly away.  Makes it fun!  There was one type of butterfly I had never seen before….the assistant at the house called it the Postman.  It was red and black.   She said its called the Postman as it follows the same route everyday!  This little guy was so elusive!  I think his route was to avoid my camera!  I tired for 20 mins to get his pic and I finally did and it just came out ok.  

This brought me to think where did the name butterfly came from?   It seems there are many possible origins and no set definative answer.  I found this on the net…One common yet erroneous explanation for this word’s origin is that it comes from flutterby. What we do know, instead, is that this word is very old (pre-8th century). It was originally buturfliog, a compound of butere “butter” and fleoge “fly”. Why butter? Some suggest that it was due to many butterflies being yellow in color, like butter. Others believe it is based upon the yellow excrement of butterflies. Still others hold to the notion that butterflies were thought to land in kitchens and drink milk or butter left uncovered (this, interestingly, is supported by a German word for butterfly, milchdieb “milk-thief”).

Taking pictures of butterflies is not easy.  The picture is of a Monarch Butterfly.  I did this shot hand held.  But I’d suggest a monopod if possible.  Out of all the pics I took (50) about 5 came out decent.  Dont forget to use your macro lens.  Its fun to get close up shots….if you do  – focus on the eyes – that will give you your best picture.  But I have learned that taking shots a little further away gives you a more pleasing view for your eye.   Also it wont scare the butterfly as much as well!  Have fun and cover your milk!