From a Box Brownie, to the latest digital gear, it is all just tools, or a means of stating who we are, at various points in time. The sophistication of our images has more to do with our personal growth, than the equipment that we acquire along the way.
To have come across this butterfly this early in the year was a real surprise. A few moments before, I had a couple of deer in view, and did not expect to see any butterflies just yet. So when this one flew by and landed a few feet away, I decided to grab a quick shot with the 75 ~ 300 mm lens that I had on the camera at the time. I was shooting wide open, and hand holding as well, so its right wing is slightly blurry. However, it was not until I downloaded the image that I realized that a part of its wing was missing. Not being a lepidopterist, I am not sure if it had an unfortunate encounter with a bird, or had emerged from its pupa stage with this malformation. Just like most of us, it will have to do its life being a little less than perfect. At any rate, I see it somewhat as a survivor, and enjoyed the encounter.
P.S. It has just been suggested to me that my "butterfly" could actually be a moth, and they were probably correct on that. So if there is anyone out there who could identify this butterfly or moth, I would appreciate it.....
Today, we decided to go for a little ramble at the Ojibway Conservation Area here in Windsor, in hopes to get a little fresh air, and maybe a shot or two of some little creatures. I did manage to squeeze the shutter on a couple of deer, but they were too far away, and there were too many brambles to make for much of a picture. I stopped at the little chalet to see if there were any birds around the feeders, and managed to get this shot of a female cardinal. You have to be fast as they do not stay still for very long. I felt lucky to get this little one, and thought I'd share it with you....hope you enjoy it also.