Trochilidae Archilochus colubris female Ruby-throated Hummingbird Asteraceae Cirsium altissimum Tall Thistle Lake Blalock South Carolina

Ruby-throated Hummingbird – Lake Blalock South Carolina

A female Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris feeds from a Tall Thistle Cirsium altissimum in the buffer zone of Lake Blalock in Upstate, South Carolina.


camera: Nikon D500 | lens: VR Nikkor 400mm f/2.8G IF-ED plus Nikkor 1.4x Teleconverter
focal length: 840mm | exposure: f/11 – 1/160 – iso 2000 | support: monopod

Nymphalidae Monarch Butterfly Danaus plexippus Asteraceae Cirsium altissimum Tall Thistle Lake Blalock South Carolina

Monarch Butterfly – Lake Blalock South Carolina

A Monarch Butterfly Danaus plexippus shares a Tall Thistle Cirsium altissimum with a variety of bees in the buffer zone of Lake Blalock in Upstate, South Carolina.


camera: Nikon D500 | lens: VR Nikkor 400mm f/2.8G IF-ED plus Nikkor 1.4x Teleconverter
focal length: 840mm | exposure: f/11 – 1/800 – iso 2000 | support: monopod

Trochilidae Archilochus colubris female Ruby-throated Hummingbird Balsaminaceae Impatiens biflora Jewelweed Lake Blalock South Carolina

Ruby-throated Hummingbird – Lake Blalock South Carolina

A female Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris feeds from a Jewelweed Impatiens biflora in the buffer zone of Lake Blalock in Upstate, South Carolina. This buffer zone is intended to serve as naturalized erosion suppression for the lake, a water supply for the Spartanburg Water System. Additionally, native vegetation within the buffer zone encourages proliferation of wildlife.


camera: Nikon D500 | lens: VR Nikkor 400mm f/2.8G IF-ED plus Nikkor 1.4x Teleconverter
focal length: 840mm | support: monopod | exposure: f/8 – 1/5000 – iso 2000