Where Eagles Fly Over Sleeping Forests

Posted: October 25, 2009 in butterflies, macro photography
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Note on photo: Unprocessed photo.  But look at that magnificent glare… this is one regal bird.

Where Eagles Fly

I brought one of the senior photographers to a little used trail which I found while waltzing around a frequented site.  But it yielded a lonely Archduke which sat on my lap momentarily while I cut up butterfly bait … and then the trail was swallowed back up into the forest due to lack of use and it was difficult to make headway.

We then went down to a little trail down to a small stream and that was where this magnificent creature swooped down and graced us with its awesome presence.

Note on photo above: One very tame and very grey sailor.  And then there was nothing.  The forest was asleep.

The Sleeping Forest

The eagle soared away almost noiselessly even though it was so huge.  It went out into the open where it circled high above the earth, riding the currents effortlessly with its huge wings.

And then there was quiet.  A peaceful restful quiet.  Like the forest was steeped in a deep sleep.  Even the normally skittish grey sailor was uncommonly slow and comfortable with our presence, perched on the leaf as if hypnotised by the gentle rocking of the leaves in the slight breeze.

Note on photo above: Even the limes seemed fast asleep

The Spell Spills Over

The forest and its inhabitants were not the only ones under the spell.  The butterflies in the enclosure were also uncommonly cooperative, such as this pair of Lime butterflies, allowing us to position them gently on flowers where it seems they promptly fell back asleep in each other's 'embrace'.


Note on photo above: Unprocessed photo.  The peacock pansy's eyes look almost closed and encrusted over with sleep.  Or it's just my imagination.

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  1. Shutterbug says:

    I like the philosophical way you look at things. I hope he takes your advice! :o)

  2. Hee hee! I don't think he got my advice! 😛

  3. Lauri says:

    What a surreal thing, painting the fingernails! 🙂

  4. hee hee… I dunno why I did it either! 😀

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