(That's what the GNG calls them.)
I was torn between choosing this one and the one that I posted to Facebook yesterday in my Life on Oki album. I think this one is a little more striking, although I love how the other one shows the curve of its wing. If you've seen both photos, I'd be interested to know which you like better. I'm thinking that the other one is more likely to go on my wall, and this one is more likely to be my computer background.
Ooh boy, I learned this week:
- That I'm a little bit obsessed with taking photos of butterflies.
- That even with a completely filthy lens I can take a picture that at least I am happy with (I didn't notice until after!)
- That my zoom lens is good for stuff other than birds--I keep learning more and more things that it is fantastic for. In fact, it's not all that great for birds because you still have to get pretty close to them, something they're not all that cool with.
- That what seems to be a pile of rusting, useless bicycles and lawn tools and weeds taller than my head in our typhoon-compound in the backyard can actually be a photographic treasure trove. The weeds attract the butterflies.
- And here the inevitable non-photographic digressions start...
- That I totally, totally love Okinawa when there's a storm passing by off the coast that is giving us cloud cover, breezes, and cooler temperatures. It's been feeling like California up in here.
- That when I try to hide in the back of a yoga class on a Marine base, more and more male Marines will pile in behind me and squeeze me forward like I'm the toothpaste and they're the tube, except the toothpaste is moving because it doesn't want to be cheek-by-jowl with the tube, which is why the toothpaste was hiding in the back of the class in the first place... And with that, I think we're pretty clear that it's bedtime.
Go see what everyone else learned, always in a saner and more coherent way, at: