Life Gives You Lemons, Make Butterflies

I think that I’m going to publish a research paper on butterflies. Based on extensive research on the topic, I’ve come to the following conclusions:

  1. Butterflies are expert photographers
  2. Butterflies are jerks

More on that in a second.

I decided a few weeks ago that I wanted to buy caterpillars in order to make my own butterflies. I like photographing them in the wild, but they seem to have the uncanny ability to take flight an 8th of a second before you’ve got focus. Moreover, if you’ve put your camera away, they call all their buddies and appear out of nowhere to mock you, opening and closing their wings in spite.

So, as my caterpillars formed their chrysalises, I eagerly awaited the moment I could shoot them at home.  I imagined trained butterflies performing for my photographic amusement. Trapeezes? No problem.

But alas, who was I kidding? All they do is sit there. While the outside of their wings is pretty, the inside is much better. So of course, they don’t show it to you. Well, they don’t show it to you until you’ve decided to adjust your flash or need to answer the phone or something. At that point it turns into the bloody Cirque du Soleil and the animals put on an amazing show.

So in short, I anticipate making millions off my scientific discovery, unless you steal it from me. I’ve only shared it with you because I thought you were cool. And you’re cool, right? ;)

As I get better at shooting them, I’ll try and remember to add more pics to this post.

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3 Responses to Life Gives You Lemons, Make Butterflies

  1. Melissa August 18, 2009 at 12:47 am #

    Cool idea!

  2. natalie August 18, 2009 at 9:01 am #

    they turned out great, even if those butterflies were a little mean.

  3. Heather August 26, 2009 at 7:52 pm #


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