249881278 1 Stephanie Young Bnb Bypc2020

Updated: Mar. 27, 2024

While my husband was busy at a meeting in Washington, D.C., my camera and I cruised the National Mall area. I came across a garden full of common buckeye butterflies. I loved how the orange lantana flowers complemented the butterflies’ orange-tipped wings. This one sat patiently, watching me, for its photo shoot. I’ve upgraded my DSLR camera several times since, but this has remained one of my favorite butterfly photos.

lantana flowerCourtesy Stephanie Young