Purple Emperor

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thor☼odin™ on August 11, 2008

very beautiful shot William you do have a most all embracing gallery! cheers, Peter

Sue Allen on February 1, 2009

How strange that his wing should be blue (or purple) on one side and completely devoid of shimmer on the other side. Is this just caused by shadows falling on to him?

After my attempts at taking photos of butterflies, William, (and I am even considering doing a Winnie the pooh and floating under a balloon, covered in mud to be a rainy cloud, in my efforts, I do congratulate you on this one. I even even see his furry face.

Very best wishes to you,


David Brown Photogra… on February 1, 2009

Wonderful William

It is so cold here (but not today - 15 deg C - hooray) that I can only dream of the damselfly days and butterfly watching of warmer weather.

For more butterflies try this - as you can see I joined your tag.

Sue let me caution you against those aeronautical fantasies. It'll end in tears.

Warmest greetings in the coldest of times.

William Stephens on February 3, 2009

Sooosan thanks for the comment. I have got others of his furry face. These butterflies are very difficult to get with all their glorious purple showing because whether or not you see it depends on the angle of sun and wing... and when one wing is right, the other tends not to be...

Watch out for flying with balloons - click here for a salutary tale.

Jethro - I dream of when butterflies dance across the landscape again - last year was too wet and cold for most of them to appear so I hope there are some this time.

Cheers William

Sue Allen on February 3, 2009

My goodness, what a sad tale about the priest with the balloons. Now there's a test of faith, if I ever saw one! I have to admire his spirit, but I have learned a lesson from this, William and have abandoned that idea.

Mind you, I was in the pool with little Thomas this morning and was very frustrated to see an enormous dragon fly hovering for several minutes within easy reach of a picture if only I'd had my camera with me, but I couldn't exactly turf Thomas out of the pool, flop my way over to the house, grab my camera, flop back again, with Thomas presumably under my armpit as he wouldn't have wanted to get out in the first place, sploosh into the water, keeping the camera dry, remove the cover, press the necessary buttons and still expect the dragon fly to have waited for me all that time. so I had to just look at it. For a long time. The magnificent silhouette crisp against the blue sky......body perfectly still, the wings a satisfactory blur. I could imagine the praise flowing forth from my Panoramioan friends as they witnessed my fantastic shot on the screen.....but no. It flew away in time and that was that! As you would say in those parts, Jethro "golly gosh, that was such a jolly shame!" I was thinking something along the same lines...:D:D:D but perhaps a more free flowing, shall we say...

Very best wishes to you my guardian angel William (in all things ballooning) and you, Jethro, (wasn't William poetic in that last reply of his? Dreaming of butterflies dancing across the landscape, no less --I've seen a side to our William which I never knew existed.)


David Brown Photogra… on February 4, 2009

The story about the misplaced priest William was all well and good - but what happened next. That's the trouble with world-news we get the intro such as Arkansas Baby Swallows Puppy Whole but there is never any follow-up (and I won't cite possible outcomes, despite temptation) - like "then what happened?" Did they find the priest, his body or are all the left feet they keep finding in British Columbia his?

Yes Sue down here in North Carolina we always talk like we're having tea at a cricket match (note irony in voice). Actually there are so many Brits here it won't be long.

Its been below freezing all the day today - get me outa here!


William Stephens on February 5, 2009

Well, Jethro what happened next is that the balloons lost their helium and he ended up in a watery grave. Sad but ultimately misguided! Pragmatically William

Sue Allen on February 5, 2009

A case of Don't trust in me as I'll dump you in the sea. A very sad case of too much faith and exposing himself to a ridiculous set of circumstances. I mean, taking a ride with a bunch of balloons, it's just not what the normal rationally thinking person does, is it? I'm very sad for him though, being so young and having perhaps misjudged the power of his own faith. I'm trying very hard to be diplomatic here. Perhaps I should have remained silent.

Big footedly,


Sue Allen on February 5, 2009

By they way, Jethro, i think you would like Australia. You can believe vehemently in dinosaurs and not be shunned by society. How good is that!? There's hope for us all! :D

Very best wishes to you Sue

David Brown Photogra… on February 5, 2009

William thank you for the link, the updated information and the interesting website

Sue I think I would like Australia or in fact anywhere where it promises never to be cold again!

Warmest from the cold South!

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  • Uploaded on July 8, 2007
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by William Stephens
    • Taken on 2007/07/08 11:02:44
    • Exposure: 0.050s (1/20)
    • Focal Length: 200.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/25.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash