"But(t)....wha...?!" Looking at this 'goggle-eyed' beauty this could be the most likely response! I've never photographed a butterfly from this angle. And watching it as it criss-crossed the length and breadth of the Ixora blooms, was a sheer delight. To get this shot, I gently brought the branch towards me all the time praying it wouldn't notice the slight change in location. If it did, it showed no signs of being disturbed but went about its business of feeding.
I clicked several times then left it alone. It was far too busy to acknowledge me anyway:) Wish other butter- flies would follow suit!
A few days ago, as I was weeding, I noticed a bee on a bamboo stake. Initially, I didn't pay much attention as it looked like a common carpenter bee and they usually make a beeline for dead bamboo. I see them all the time.
But when it turned towards me...oh my, this wasn't the usual one! It had blue eyes and a bit of yellow in front and was bigger than the regular carpenter bees in my yard. Well, weeding was forgotten!!
This year I've seen many kinds of bees but I haven't googled bees as yet. The tons of dragonflies and butterflies are keeping me very busy indeed!
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau