Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Light Show

It's hard to photograph even a willing subject when it remains in shadow. This teeny butterfly (a Hairstreak of some kind, I think) paused long on the pebbled path to dip his proboscis again and again into the damp earth.

I took advantage of my opportunity to take photo after photo, but only when I flashed did the butterfly actually appear on the screen. Like magic, his tawny wings turned blue and green, a bit of scaly phosphorescence on the wing.

Magic courtesy of science!

(Addendum: My poetic 8-year-old great-nephew said this, "the wings look like a map tracing someone's footprints.")

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