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Pending Summer

Pending Summer
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro, Marumi MC-UV 58 mm
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Angelina's Favorites - Part I, Painted Ladies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-24 7:24
Viewed: 5084
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 144
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In our region we have not had winter this year. The snow dropped out only twice in November 2007 and laid each time during 2-3 days only. Despite we have more than 290 sunny days a year in winter weather usually is cloudy and colours are so faded.

This spring is too protracted. All time temperature is about 5-10 on Celsius and we almost have not bright spring colours.

Last spring and summer were so rich on butterflies and vibrant colours. I took many butterfly shots that time and shared few of them only. I want and I am waiting for true spring and beginning of summer with its warmness, violence of colours and life. That is why I share this picture as a reminder of those nice and coming seasons.

Species ID:
1. Painted Lady (Vanessa Cardui, Cosmopolitan):
Link 1
Link 2.
2. UFO (ID of the bee is needed).

Add. Shot info:
Exposure compensation: –0.7 eV
Support: monopod.
Frame: full.

SkyF, Argus, haraprasan, CeltickRanger, Proframe, sunkirana, uleko, XOTAELE, matatur, jaycee, vanderschelden, wuta, gerbilratz, nglen, hester, maurydv, joey, jmp, rousettus, Art_R, Luis52, jcoowanitwong, Ena, SelenE, ellis49, Islander_, mariki, Adanac, jusninasirun, Humanist, izler, angela926, ramthakur, marhowie, saguzar, Necipp, Finland_in_Eton, oscarromulus, dejo, Maite, TAZ, JORAPAVI, Aaltjie has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Aaltjie: To Aaltjie and HettieAlex99 1 12-31 08:36
To zumoduvas: Thank you so much.Alex99 1 03-31 09:15
To angybone: Many thanks.Alex99 1 03-29 11:19
To Humanist: The bee.Alex99 1 03-29 11:15
To wuta: Hearty thanks.Alex99 1 03-26 10:14
To all !!!Alex99 2 03-24 08:53
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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-03-24 7:29]

Hi Alex,
now this is quite the shot, in flight and macro combined.
Fabulous sharpness with the slightest motion blur where needed.
Love the colors, very eye catching composition.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-24 7:34]

Hello Alexei,
An excellent combination of shutterspeed and aperture setting has let to a fine capture not only of a Painted lady but of a small Mining Bee in flight behind it. This gives good reason for the central placing of the Painted lady in this composition. Technically excellent, of course!
We have started to have winter now after long dark winter months and now we have a little snow and freezing temperatures. Strange...
Thanks for sharing this beauty,
Best wishes, Ivan

Hi Alexei,
A nice capture of this beautiful painted lady along with the bee. Very good use of F/stop and Shutter. Nice details with a very good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

hello Alexei

superb macro shot of this Painted Lady and with a bonus
of the Bee in flight, excellent POV, excellent DOF,
great luminosity of the image and density of the colours,
excellent shaprness and details, specially of the Butterfly, TFS


Hi Alexei,

Very beautiful macro image with most wonderful colors, soft BG and details.
Love the way you not only did capture the lovely butterfly, but also the bee in flight wich does add to the entyre scene.
Excellent sharpness, exposure and composition.
Perfect work. TFS!!!

Best regards, Harry

Hi Alexei, It has been mostly post and run during my visits to TrekNature. So my sincere apologies for not being able to visit your posts.

Here I see superb use of DOF with a greater f-stop to bring the whole subject into sharp focus while keeping the BG clean. Vivid details. The bee animates this picture and creates interest.

Great work as usual,

Warm regards,

  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-24 9:14]

Hello Alexei,
Just now it's snowing here again and its pretty cold! So, it's lovely to see this beautiful butterfly on a pretty flower as well as a little bee!! Lovely capture of all three with excellent sharp details and beautiful colours. I like the warm background too.
Thanks for this memory of summer and of things to come! Best wishes, Ulla
P later

Hola Alexei.
Encantadores detalles y agradables tonos.
Buen encuadre y estupendos contrastes.
Un saludo, JL.

Hola Alex, una toma muy bien iluminada, nitida y buen color con el valor añadido de la abeja volando. Excelente macro.
Un saludo

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-03-24 9:49]

Hi Alex,this pic is wonderfull,perfect under all corners of view,colours,sharpness and details beautifulls,and the magic touch of a little flying bee on the left,my best compliments,Luciano

A fine comp. obtained from a favourable POV and with enough DOF to sharply capture both the feeding b.fly and the approaching-to-feed bee with exquisite detail Alexei, very good job my friend, TFS indeed!

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-03-24 10:03]

Bonjour Alexei
Superbe macro excellente netteté et couleurs, belle lumière, très bonne technique. Félicitations
Amicalement Robi

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-24 10:08]

Hi Alexei,

What a popular flower this must be. Wonderful to have the pretty butterfly on it and the bee moving towards it. Excellent colors, details and background.


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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2008-03-24 10:49]

It's perfect, and so cute!

Hello Alexei,
An outstanding image..
A very good blurred and no distracting background; everything is focused on the butterfly and the flower.
Well done

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-03-24 11:05]
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Hello Alex , Exelent shot from this butterfly with his little friend , great compositie tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-03-24 11:12]

Hi Alex,
Very nice photo. Colour and sharpness are very good.

Hi Alexei, Amazing shot!!, 70-300 telephoto, Monopod!! Just a superb image, total control over your camera and the subject. All are in focus, and a superb DoF, I have a lot to learn....regards h

Hi Alexei, изумляя съемка!!, 70-300 telephoto, Monopod!! Как раз superb изображение, сплошной контроль над вашей камерой и вопрос. Все находятся в фокусе, и superb doF, я имею много выучить... .regards ю

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-24 11:43]

Hi Alexei. Well waht a bonus three for on picture. a bright flower a colourful butterfly and a bee. All with fine detail and rich colours from last year. summer will soon be with us i hope. well done TFS.

Ciao Alex,
oggi ci regali una foto di Vanessa ottimamente realizzata, come tuo solito e arricchita da un'ape colta in volo che è un autentico piccolo gioiello.
Davvero un magnifico lavoro.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-03-24 12:13]

Hi Alexei

We have not had snow that laid in the south east of England but today we seemed to have all seasons in one day from sunshine to hail and snow.

This is anothr beautiful shot of your flowers and insects. This butterfly is pin sharp and detailed. The POV and DOF are perfect. The flying bee is an extra amazing bonus!



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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-03-24 12:46]

Hi Alexei,

Wonderful macro shot with the bonus of some in-flight action too, I really like your compositon using only half the flower so all of our attention is drawn to the Painted Lady, very nice pose with the butterfly feeding with its proboscis and a great level POV, the details are lovely and sharp with lovely bright warm colours.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-24 13:13]

Hello Alexei,
While the snowflocks are falling here, this photo gives me a great desire to the summer. Fantastic warm colours and great sharpness. The DOF is superb. The bee is a great bonus.

Stupenda macro, bellissima composizione, eccellenti POV e DOF, spettacolari i dettagli e splendidi colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-24 14:40]

Wow! How did you get this?! That flying bee is excellent!
Vibrent colours and a perfect exposure.
Razor-sharp with lots and lots of detail all conserved by the impeccable clarity.
Very well composed as always.
I like the plain BG as well.
Great work Alexei!

hello Alexei, dear friend
What a nice macro of trio; butterfly, bee and flower. Splendid colors, excellent sharp details. POV, BG and composition wonderful. -0.7 exposure and f/14 gave a perfect results. Greetings. TFS. with my best wishes

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2008-03-24 17:13]

Hi Alexei,
Beautiful shot! Very good focus, amazing detail and very nice colours.

Hello Alexei,
Thank you so much for sharing this outstanding and beautiful shot of vibrant summer colouration in both the butterfly and flower!
very sharp in the image with good colour and superb details
well done
best regards

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-03-24 17:46]

Hi Alexei , very nice photo , focus and details are great , this flower sure is a touch of sun in a chilly spring.



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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-24 18:33]

Hola Alexei.
Hermosa la foto. Gran calidad en fotofrafia. Exelente nitidez y colorido. Suaves tonos naturales y bellos detalles.
Saludos Alexei.

Hello Alexei,
Beautiful painted lady. The UFO is kind of funny here. Sharp and colorful image. This is truly a happier time of the year. Very well done.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-24 20:08]

Hi Alexei,
Outstanding shot with such awesome colours and sharpness. Superb handling of natural lighting and perfect exposure. The tiny bee does create a nice effect. You have captured a classical pose here on the beautiful flower with a fine DOF and a well chosen POV. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-03-24 23:25]

Hello, Alexei.
This is a beautiful shot.
A perfect composition with gorgeous colors.
Sharp details against the clean BG.
So many points of interest: the butterfly, the flower, and the bee.
TFS. : )

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-03-25 2:47]

Hi Alexei,
Beautiful colorful shot!
Nicely composed!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-03-25 3:20]

Hi Alexei,
Lovely shot with great lighting and vivid colors. Focus, sharpness, POV, composition and details are very good. I also liked that UFO in the corner :o)

Hi Alex, splendid composition with lovely flying bee, superb butterfly and beautiful flower, fantastic colors, wonderful details and excellent sharpness, perfect focus on all subjects and good blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-03-25 9:49]

Alexei, you have produced a gem of a picture here. Both the bee and the butterfly in the same frame. Sharp image. Ganesh

Hi Alex,
Great capture of two creatures looking for the same food.
Very well done!
Cheers, Andriy

Hi Alxei,
a new very fine picture and this time a beautiful butterfly
Well composed with lovely colours ad great details.
It could look it's to a central composition, but you need it to have room for the flying fly who is an extra bonus.
Very good work, my friend.

I think I can stand with 290 sunny days. ;-)

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-03-25 11:09]

Hi Alexei,
Excellen pov and pose of this Painted Lady with a bee. Colours are quite warm and illustrates very well the weather you describes.
TFS, José M.

Hi Alex,

Nice photo, the bee adds a very interesting note. Perfectly executed! Thank you,


Un beau duo qui ne devrait pas se faire concurrence.
Bonne journée.

Hello Alexei,

Excellent composition. Great POV, DOF and sharpness. Very nice light and gorgeous colours.

Hello Alexei,
Two for the price of one!
An interesting moment has been captured, with two different species at work with the same plant...
A well balanced composition with good details, very vivid and attractive colours!
Pablo -

What a great shot to have in reserve, Alexei!
A wonderful sharp capture of the painted lady with a friendly flying bee in attendance!

The details og the butterfly are excellent and although most of the bee is sharp, the wings are blurred to imply motion! This really is a fine shot!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-26 19:07]

Hello Alexei,
I never get tired of your outstanding images, each possess amazing camera work. You are very talented and this image shows it again, thank you Alexei.

Hello Alexei. This is just gorgeous. Two insets on this pretty flower. Excellent sharpness against the muted background. Well done and best regards. Jusni


You always do such excellent work. The flower and butterfly are wonderful: sharp and colourful, good DOF and all of that good stuff. However, the detail of the second insect: the bee really transforms the photo into something that tells or hints at a story. I can wonder if the bee will disrupt the butterly or is waiting for it to leave. Great shot!

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-03-27 7:54]

hello my friend
wonderful macro photo of those beautiful models
you are best user of Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro lens
composition, point of view, blurry background, depth of field, lighting, colours, contrast, sharpness, details and note are great
thanks for sharing

Hello Alexei,
Amazing how some areas did not recieve much of a winter and yet here we've had a record snow fall..I wish for you a better spring and yet this photo does show as yet a beautiful flower, the butterfly seems to be enjoying:o)

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-27 15:56]

Two great subjects for the price of one! Well done Alexei for this superb macro. The composition is beautiful and all the technical stuff is perfect, thanks!


Fantastic! TWO...TWO...TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE! WHat a deal! ha ha Great timing or just good luck. Either way it's wonderful!

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-03-28 10:44]

Hi Alexei
this is exellent image of butterfly and bee.
very nice colors
very well done.

Hello Alexei,
Fantastic shot, beautiful vivid colors, nice light, fantastic sharpness and very good depth of field.very good details and nice composition.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-28 21:00]

Hello Alexei

The flower is beautiful,excellent focus and sharpness.
Wonderful DOF and POV,the flower and insects are show well against the lovely OOF BG.
Super colours and saturation.
Well composed in the frame.


It always feels good to have more than one subject within the frame, Alexei. I felt it this morning while doing some insect macros and got one Hoverfly and one Lady Bird within the single frame.
This image of a Painted Lady from last summer is beautiful and the bee sharing the flower with it makes it a fantastic double-subject composition.
Well done and TFS.

Hi Alexei,
Great catch to get this small bee inflight bringing up the rear mf :)
As always, your DOF, detail, color, and exposure are excellent. Very good clear & complimentary BG also..
Quality work,

Hi Alexei,
Wooowww what a nice picture! Details on butterfly and sharpness are not 10 points but 11 points...if it could be possible, break the ranking, but the best for me is the oppotune bee flying and "robbing camera" as we say here. Congratulations

Hello Alexei,

Very nice capture, looks like the bee is waiting in line for its
turn, great macro and colors.. Well done


Hello Alexei, good sharp shot w/ fine detail nice colours. Good timing w/ the bee. tfs rgds Necip

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-03-29 15:16]

Bela foto muito bem composta e aproveitada o momento da abelha chegando junto a borboleta exelente imagem parabéns.

Hello Alexei.

Excellent image, beatiful composition.

Jose Luis.

Bonjour alex
Une merveilleuse photo que ce Joli papillon,très belle composition.Très joli focus sur le papillon et le bouton de la fleur.Les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous très bons.Très beau BG avec ce beau beige qui rend bien les couleurs du papillon et de la fleur.
Bravo et merci...JP

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-04-02 12:45]

Hola Alexi,
gran macro de alegres colores,
sobresaliente iluminación y doble captura, :))
hermoso trabajo amigo,

WOwww Alexei

Magnifique photographie, j'adore l'abeille en vol qui ajoute encore a cette magnifique composition,

Excellent composition and lovely subject. I love the little bee sneaking in behind the butterfly. Such fantastic detail and clarity with superb colors ! Very well done ! My macro photography is rather hit or miss, but I keep trying, especially when inspired by the likes of this photo.

TFS, Mish

Dear Alexei,
Highly IMPRESSIVE work of art.
Very vivid colours.
You are "THE" master of photography.
It is snowing right, now quite heavily. About 7;50 AM; but by 2:00PM it will melt away. Going to +7*C.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-04-11 11:10]

hello Alexei,
great work!
nice double capture, fantastic colors and details!
beautiful light!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-04-16 13:06]

What a marvellous capture this!!!
It's so beautiful in colors and composition, with that marvellous flower and the little bee, ha,ha! How great!! Magnificent shot with great sharpness and a marvellous focus and bg.
Congratulations, dear friend!
Best regards

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2008-04-17 22:32]

Hello dear Alexei,
Amazing shot of this little duo for our pleasure !
The "+++++" : composition, nice subjects, POV, sharpness, DOF, smooth BG, exposure and superb light, useful complementary note...
The "-" : nothing as usual...
Bravo my old friend and thanks for sharing,

Note : I am disapointed for your broken zoom :-(

Hola Alexei,
Preciosa foto de bella composición y gran riqueza de detalles, gran nitidez, con luz y fondo muy bellos, saludos
José Ramón

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2008-05-19 12:42]

Hi Alex, what a suprise to see such colourful pictures coming from the Ukraine. Thanks a lot for your clear note, nice to get informed like this. Great macro anyway, nice surplus the "mining bee (thanks to ivan). Great Post, Regards Reina

Hello Alexei
Absolutely beautiful! Stunning photo with brilliant colours. I’ll be honest to tell you that this amazing colour of the flower attracted me more than the butterfly, but looking closer to the butterfly I am slowly starting to find it difficult to make up my mind which one I like the better. Amazing details captured! Thanks for sharing and the interesting note.It is really beautiful.
Best regards
Aaltjie and Hettie

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