1x, 4x, 2x

What’s this?  I don’t like the way WordPress changed the reader some time ago so that the first four photos in posts are shown.  Sometimes I prefer the reader not see what I have to offer until they get into the actual post.  So here I’m kind of fighting fire with fire.


UPDATE:  Just posted this a minute ago and it turns out my grand plan did not work.  The WP Reader ignored these four photos and displayed the four below.  Oh well, I tried.  I’ll have of think of something different net time.

1x = One shot of a still in the ground, red flower bouquet.


4x = Four shots of a female monarch butterfly who was quite patient with me as I photographed.




So, how does one tell male from female?  Look at the butterfly’s hind wings (the two lower ones).  You clearly see three parallel black veins.  (There are actually four but one is hidden by the front wings.)  On the male one of those veins (on both hind wings) will have a little black splotch or what may look like a thickening of the vein in just a little area.  That spot is his scent gland.  Also all the veins on the male tend to be thinner than on the female.

There will be a quiz on this next week and your results will go in your permanent record.  Hmm, I wonder if I would need to file any kind of Freedom of Information Act paper work to get a copy of my permanent record?  Hmm, I wonder if the records go back that far?




2x = Two shots of tequila.  Just kidding.  Two shots of skippers, the cute little puppy dogs of the butterfly/moth world.

This one taking a pause.


This one slurping away.


Thank you for stopping by.


All photos taken with a Nikon D7100 and a Sigma 105mm macro lens.

16 thoughts on “1x, 4x, 2x

  1. David, if you want your readers to see just one photo in the beginning z try the ‘featured photo’s option. Plus, you can choose your post to be standard, images , gallery and many more. I think by default, multiple photos in a post is set to gallery. That is why you/your followers get to see all the photos without clicking on your posts.
    I really loved the way you have captured the butterflies. They look so lovely. 🙂

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    • Rekha, thank you very much for the tip and your comment. I’ll play around with those various settings to see how things appear. Again, thank you.


    • Thank you Eileen. I know what you mean about the annoyance. I just comfort myself with the knowledge the WordPress, Facebook and others have those magnificent algorithms that know what I want to see and how I want to display something better than I do. If I knew the emoji for mega sarcasm I would have it here in 500 pt font. 🙂


  2. Nice creamy purplish bokeh on two of those monarch shots. If it’s not purple, I’m a little color blind. You might try using the reader on your phone. It doesn’t do that. Of course, in my opinion, it has a different set of problems.

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  3. I am lost about the wordpress reader stuff, I don’t use it, so I don’t even know if mine posts look okay on reader. I do everything on my laptop through WP so I can see everything better and not mispell in a comment, lol. That aside…..your photos here are awesome, David. The bokeh backgrounds are outstanding with gorgeous soft colors that surround your beautiful subjects. And, wow, what an eye shape on the skippers!

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