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Storyboard – Misc 8-28-2011 – West Lafayette, Zionsville, Indiana

The weekend of the 28th was a bit of a random one split between two locations. If the composition seems fragmented it was a reflection of the reality of the weekend.

While Eric was having his soccer game, a grumpy Izzy and I went off in search of something to see. We soon came upon a small flowering shrub that simply teemed with butterflies and other small insects. I especially like this one as you can see the fine, fine detail and compound eyes. The color contrasts between the flower and the pale butterfly are also delightful.

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This photo has a lot NOT going for it. Too much depth of field causes a lot of detail to be lost but the smooth, arcing proboscis of the butterfly makes it worthwhile.

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Since I started looking for such things I’ve noticed that caterpillars are fairly hard to come by. Either they’re rare or I’m just not looking in the right place. This particular specimen gives an almost comic appearance as his fuzzy exterior works to scare away predators who might just believe he’s much larger and much more alert than he really is.

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We did eventually find out way back to the soccer game though I found at times that it was more akin to dancing than to soccer.

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Izzy, remaining grumpy in the heat, opted for a remote pouting location.

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Just close your eyes and… KICK!

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The passion with which soccer is pursued at this level is often underestimated.

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This young tot seems comfortable but on some level, I think he knows exactly how silly he looks.

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Sometimes we deal in photographic near misses. I regret that I wasn’t able to weed out the extraneousness here and get just the dress and the reflection of the church in the background. Sort of a representation of the concrete here-and-now of having the dress with the dreamy potential of the church behind.

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As is usual when I’m out, I ran into an unexpected bicycle race. I’m very nearly out of creative visual things to DO with a bicycle race, so fate can stop throwing them at me any time it likes.

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One of our Zionsville neighbors enjoys a good bottle of wine … daily.

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This is certainly an odd twist of biology. Mating butterflies literally “butted” up against one another.

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This shot didn’t turn out exactly as well as I’d hoped but it’s still one of my favorites. The drama here is palpable as the rather large spider seems to stalk his large and color-contrasting prey. For the record, the moth got away.

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And so ends another weekend of random visuals from the heartlands of Indiana.

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All Hail our Hopefully Benevolent Wasp Overlords

In general I really hate to set up shots.  The way I figure it, the shot will come to you if it’s meant to be.  In some cases though, fate seems to need a bit of help.  I drug this poor, dead wasp indoors to shoot in a bit more detail.  There are plenty of things I dislike about this shot but the symmetry is rather irresistible.  I wish I’d had better lighting to capture this more completely.

Wasp Overlords

Wasp Overlords

His darling little curled antennae, no doubt the wasp version of rigor mortis, make him almost cuddly enough to hug and what more could you want from a wasp overlord than cuddliness?

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Hungry, Hungry… Danaus plexippus

Despite the failed alliteration on my part, one thing I have noticed in my butterfly chasings is that these delicate creatures seem to always be hungry. They are far from lazy and I suppose this perpetual peckishness may be a carry-over from their even more ravenous past lives as gnawing caterpillars.

Monarch of the Monarchs

Monarch of the Monarchs

Over the months I’ve taken lots of butterfly photos and this one stands out for me not because of any particular genius on my part but simply because of the background. The vast majority of the time when you see photos of butterflies they’re against a green or flower-background. The blue sky makes this photo really pop for me though I could have done with some white fluffy clouds rather than the trees which share the backdrop.  Shooting UP rather than shooting down on things almost always seems to make them better.

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