Monday, March 5, 2012

Butterfly Encounter

Around lunchtime today I was out shooting this beautiful sunbow when I saw something else that attracted my attention (below and to the left of center).

Here is a detail:

Struck by its fragile, melancholy beauty set against the grandeur of the backdrop, I took a few more shots in quick succession.  Despite its quick and erratic movements I was able to track the subject well, keeping it centered in the frame.  I was quite proud of myself.

Only later did I realize that the poor creature had half a wing torn away, probably by a bird.  It must have narrowly escaped being eaten.  I know there's a Taoist/Buddhist lesson in there somewhere, about ephemerality, transience and impermanence.

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