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A Fortuitous Moment

By ChiliMan
Thanks for all the comments and votes on yesterdayís upload, people Smile

Now that the silliness is over, Iíve removed the pic. I donít like shots of me but I just had to share with you that fancy mirrored lift GrinGrin

Now thenÖtodayís upload is of a very fortuitous moment.

My intent was simply to photograph the flowers. I had focused on Ďem when, out of nowhere, the Chocolate Pansy came and plonked itself down! Could notÖbelieve it.

My mindís jaw then really dropped when the Pansy shuffled around and then spread itself wide open, catching the sun! I took two shots and this was the better one.

Iím quite pleased with this shot. The outside (underside) of the Pansyís wings are very boring. Here, you not only get to see the inside but itís nicely lit by the sun too. So lucky GrinGrin


Andrew

Tags: Butterfly Insect Flowers and plants Wildlife and nature Chocolate Pansy Bleeding heart vine Clerodendrum thomsoniae Junonia hedonia

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Comments


johnlw 14 1 10 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2013 1:45PM
Splendid capture.
Regards John.
stunning photo lovely colours. christineGrinGrinGrinGrin
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
8 Jul 2013 2:09PM
WOW, WOW, WOW SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile. Both flower and butterfly are so very beautiful, Andrew, what a super capture. Carol
Jasper87 Plus
11 2.7k 158 England
8 Jul 2013 2:17PM
'Chocolate' is a perfect description of this butterfly, Andrew, and wonderful clarity in the sun.

Dave
sable 12 9 7 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2013 2:27PM
Fabulous image I love it Elizabeth xx
SlowSong Plus
12 9.6k 30 England
8 Jul 2013 2:28PM
We could all do with luck like this. How lovely.
x
digital_boi 15 3 6 Scotland
8 Jul 2013 2:40PM
excellent capture fortuitous indeed

Graham
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2013 2:43PM
never have I ever had such good luck with the flutterbyes
User_Removed 8 920 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2013 2:45PM
This is beautiful!!!
ali63 9 791 1 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2013 2:46PM
Great capture,

Ali
AnnChown 11 207 1 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2013 2:51PM
Brilliant - what luck Andrew!
Taff 16 59 Scotland
8 Jul 2013 3:20PM
Great shot Andrew - The flowers themselves would have been nice, but what a Bonus!

Well done,

Taff
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2013 4:42PM
Very very beautiful Andrew
Lillian
boov Plus
8 2 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2013 4:46PM
What a cracker...
SUE118 Plus
12 8 1 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2013 4:46PM
What a super capture Andrew and I love it's name.
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
8 Jul 2013 4:53PM
Double luck and it is a perfect shot, beautiful!!! and I love his name!
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2013 4:53PM
Beautiful close up Andrew.

Ken.
andylea 12 37 1 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2013 6:25PM
belting detail and colour andrew a stunner nice one Wink
andy
DolphinLady 15 54 1 Wales
8 Jul 2013 6:34PM
This is just so beautiful Andrew.
Wonderful colour & detail.
Lucky you....
Hilary ....(*-*)....
EMJAYCEE Plus
12 10 10 England
8 Jul 2013 7:02PM
It's just not fair Andrew - but I'll forgive you because it is such a lovely image.SmileSmileSmileWinkWinkWink
Joan.
8 Jul 2013 8:22PM
Fantastic shot. Lucky you
LynneJoyce Plus
12 22 101 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2013 8:29PM
As we say in Yorkshire,

"You jammy bugger!"

I saw a much less interesting butterfly while we were walking the dogs tonight and I had the camera with me. I told it that all I wanted was it to settle with its wings open and stay still for just two minutes and blow me, it did just that. It is only a Meadow Brown but I got it, much to my surprise. So your luck with butterflies has sped across the planet attached to your e-mails. Thank you so much for that Andrew.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2214 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2013 8:38PM
The flower is a beauty, Andrew, but the flower with the butterfly on it is just wonderful, how lucky you were. I've had a bee or flying insect do this to me, but never a butterfly. I was sitting outside Winchester Cathedral yesterday watching a red admiral fly around and then it suddenly went out of sight. Someone behind me said it was resting on my back. What a pleasure.
I talk to them, too, like Lynne, and have even had one settle on my hand, but they rarely do as they are bid.
Joline Plus
14 34 59 United States
8 Jul 2013 8:54PM
That is quite a moment. Sometimes it is the little surprises in life that are the dearest.
I'm glad you caught it before it moved on to another flower.
Gorgeous.
Niknut Plus
11 2.9k 82 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2013 8:59PM
Cracking shot !!....impressive detail & colours !!
Stunning image.. The butterfly is beautiful.. Excellent Andrew.
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
8 Jul 2013 10:49PM
A wonderful opportunistic capture Andrew, and I thought that you'd spent ages stalking your subject and honing your fieldcraft skills!Wink
CaroleS Plus
10 442 3 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2013 4:09PM
Stunning!!!
dawnmichelle 13 12 United States
9 Jul 2013 7:49PM
this is beautiful !
PattiW 15 24 2 United States
10 Jul 2013 12:17PM
Lucky you to have this beauty posing for you! Gorgeous image! PattiSmile
10 Jul 2013 5:11PM
Fabulous image
CaroleA 15 5 3 England
10 Jul 2013 6:37PM
Awwwwwwww what did I miss the other day? But at least I didn't miss this one :-;
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
10 Jul 2013 6:49PM

Quote:As we say in Yorkshire,

"You jammy bugger!"

I saw a much less interesting butterfly while we were walking the dogs tonight and I had the camera with me. I told it that all I wanted was it to settle with its wings open and stay still for just two minutes and blow me, it did just that. It is only a Meadow Brown but I got it, much to my surprise. So your luck with butterflies has sped across the planet attached to your e-mails. Thank you so much for that Andrew.



You're most welcome, Lynne. So glad to know the fortuity was not only infectious but had such a far reach GrinGrin
annettep38 9 220 42 Luxembourg
11 Jul 2013 12:30AM
what a beauty. and I have been trying for weeks to get a deceny shot of that pansy in MY, bah! here you are, just need to think of flowers and be quick Smile

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