Buddy arrives, then comrade
Papillon = French word for butterfly
I took this photo when I first noticed skipper butterflies (the brown one) arriving in our garden. There were many of these cute little creatures fluttering about and my goal was to capture a macro shot. I like the amusing angle of this skipper because it looks like it has a cigarette in its mouth! As I was getting ready to shoot, I saw another butterfly enter my view, so I backed off and reframed to capture it. I had to act fast. Then when I loaded the photo into my computer, I saw another insect had entered the frame as well. It wasn’t as obvious at first, but he’s there – a little black bee caught in midair as it was approaching a blossom. It was pure opportunity…..being in the right place at the right time.
Originally the background was too cluttered and noisy for me, and the bee was hardly noticeable. I tried out a few textures, softened and lightened the background, and finally opted for the one I posted above. The original photo is below (click on the image to enlarge). Either way, I’m pleased to have this fortunate shot.