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Mournful Owl Butterfly


Mournful Owl Butterfly
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Copyright: Stephen Mahlstedt (smahlst) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 14] (74)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 1Ds (since sold), Tamron 28-300mm (since sold)
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-10 5:06
Viewed: 3441
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I sweated by butt off getting this shot; not because I was in a stressful situtation, and not because I had to physically work hard to get this shot...because I was in a greenhouse on a humid 90 degree summer day. This image of the Mournful Owl Butterfly was captured at the Wings of Fancy butterfly exhibit at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland. I love the butterfly exhibit! Seeing so many beautiful creatures in one spot is awesome! If it wasn't so hot in the greenhouse, and I didn't sweat as much as I do, I'd probably stay in there all day photographing the butterflies.

This photo is a perfect example of mimicry and deception in nature. Every time I look at this photo, at first glance, I think I'm looking at eyes of a larger creature. It's so cool how markings can be used in nature to trick potential predators...very cool!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-06-10 13:54]

Very nice macro image Stephen, Great sharpness and fine detail. The patterns on the Butterfly are truly amazing. Well done!
Ron

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