Hello dear friends !
Of all the insects I have seen so far, caterpillars are the ones I dislike the most. Just to think of them sends shivers down my spine. But despite my strong aversion to them I would never kill one, they are too precious. In fact, I never kill insects, except for flies and mosquitoes.
I just can’t imagine summer without the many insects and other creatures surrounding us. During Spring I love to hear the spring peepers endless song at night. In July, the high pitch sound of cicadas on a hot sunny day. In August, the green grasshoppers and their intermittent, strange sounds. Also, the gentle and calming sound of the cricket, my favourite. These are the sounds of summer. We also have beautiful insects to admire during summer. Think of fireflies with their amazing light show, or the very cute ladybug (which, mind you, makes wonderful photos), and the astonishing sphinx, which, if you don’t look closely enough, can be mistaken for a hummingbird. There’s also the bees and spiders. Have you ever take the time to watch a spider build its cobweb ? It is simply amazing. They are maybe just bugs, but they are wonders of nature. And caterpillars are among the most precious ones. They are a miracle waiting to happen, and a glorious and wonderful gift of mother nature : Butterflies !
The magnificent blue Morpho. I was disappointed of not being able to capture it on a flower, but the one it chose to stand still on was quite a beautiful flower of its own… My beautiful niece Fanny.
Photographing butterflies in a green house is quite a challenge. It was a bright, sunny afternoon with lots of glare on the foliage, making the right exposure sometimes difficult to achieve. And some of the butterflies were constantly moving, so it was not always easy to get a good focus. Also, it was so hot, 25°C with a bit of humidity. At the end of our visit I was in sweat ! But I’m pretty happy with the photos I brought back home and it was a fun and great experience. Aren’t they just amazing ?
Happy Spring and a happy week-end to all of you !