In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Close Up.”

There are few things better than going out on a sunny day with the intention/hope of looking a butterfly straight in the eye. It doesn’t always work out but it’s so rewarding when it does.

Orange-tip butterflies are amongst my favourites. They are smaller than my thumbnail. Macro photography lets me see them in a way that my eyes, even with my new specs’, could not.

and in close-up


Fife Photos and Art · 3 October 2015 at 12:08

Absolutely beautiful and stunning photographs Helen. I’ve never seen the eye of an orange tip in so much detail!! 🙂

    HMB · 28 November 2015 at 17:52

    Thank you. I reckon it’s a good life when I have time to lie down in the sunshine and look a butterfly straight in the eye. (Though said butterfly probably underwhelmed by this experience)

litadoolan · 30 July 2015 at 18:35

The detail on these beauties is amazing.

    HMB · 30 July 2015 at 18:40

    ThAnks. I love how much the macro lens lets me see.

Jane Lurie · 28 July 2015 at 09:09

Incredible, beautiful detail, Helen.

    HMB · 28 July 2015 at 09:15

    Thanks Jane. It all backs up those wise words: “photography helps you to see”

Bipasha · 27 July 2015 at 13:38

oh my! She is creepy , yet lovely, at the same time 🙂

    HMB · 30 July 2015 at 18:38

    Yes, I know what you mean. I’m glad they are tiny! Thanks for visiting.

Ada · 26 July 2015 at 22:36

Butterflies are cute, but this one is the cutest I have ever seen. Thank you !

    HMB · 26 July 2015 at 22:41

    Thank you. I love orange-tips and they are usually the first we see each Spring.

Arkenaten · 26 July 2015 at 21:41

Super Impressive. And a gorgeous butterfly to boot!

    HMB · 26 July 2015 at 21:56

    Thank you. They are amongst the first we see in spring.

thepetalpusher · 26 July 2015 at 21:17

Wow, such a great macro on that polka-dotted eye!

    HMB · 26 July 2015 at 21:21

    Thank you. It’s amazing what a macro lens reveals.

Fallen Rose · 26 July 2015 at 19:35

Wow, scary detailed!

    HMB · 26 July 2015 at 19:42

    Yes, glad they’re not as big as people! Thanks for stopping by.

      Fallen Rose · 26 July 2015 at 19:43

      Oh lol, yes! Nature has its proportions.

        HMB · 26 July 2015 at 19:45

        Well said!

sheilahwatson · 26 July 2015 at 19:14

Amazing detail

    HMB · 26 July 2015 at 19:23

    Thanks, Sheila

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