Look Up!

For this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge I rummaged through the many sunsets I have snapped with my iPhone but found nothing I haven’t already used somewhere else. I then looked at the countless buildings I photographed on our travels last year and although some were quite interesting, none were really in the kind of focus or framing that I thought might be interesting.

Just when I thought I would give up I found this image I took while in Baños, Ecuador last December. I had just come out of the hotel room onto the balcony when my little boy Rafael told me to look up. It isn’t posted here for its composition or any artistic merit as you can no doubt tell at a glance. It is simply a record that it was there in that moment at that specific location at the same time as us.

The original is a reasonably crisp image and you can see a lot of detail by expanding the image as I have done with great pleasure on several occasions. If you look closely, you can see the tiny hooks at the end of each delicate leg that enable it to hold on to tiny crevices and imperfections in surfaces and to hand upside down in apparent defiance of gravity. Unfortunately, much of this detail has been lost in the upload and I am not sure how to put the full size image in all its glory on WordPress so if anyone reading can help me out I would appreciate a hint!

To get an idea of the size of this fantastic creature I will tell you that the object it is hanging from is a smoke detector which is about five inches in diameter. I have seen some butterflies that are more beautiful, but never one quite so magnificent. I hope you like it as much as I do. 🙂


Baños Butterfly



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