A Song For “Rain”

Posted: March 7, 2010 in butterflies, macro photography
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Note on Scarce Silverstreak: A butterfly that is swift on the wing.  Males are less often encountered than females.  The recent wave of flowering trees have brought the the flighty male down to be photographed.

The heat is in the streets, in the few inches between neatly stacked clammy commuters on the train, eroding the last reserves of patience beneath usually reasonable facades.









Note on Bamboo Tree Brown: A shade loving butterfly that is hardly ever noticed in the sunlight except for a few times during the early hours of dawn (8a.m. – 9a.m.) where it was spotted out in the open, fluttering unusually from flower to flower. 

Where the blackened heart of asphalt crusts away to the pulsing veins of seeping life in the earth, the sun pervades every breathing surface and gives the ground a leathery cracked smile from side to side.

Note on butterfly:  The Dot Dash Sergeant is not commonly seen.  It reappeared frequently at a locality, probably due to the presence of its host plant (Uncaria sp.).

Note on Coral Snake (see description in photo for more info on habitat and diet): Shortly after recovering from a twisted foot, and being bitten by an Assassin bug in my right eye, I narrowly stepped on a Coral Snake. It spun up it's beautiful blue body and turned those jewel eyes in its stunning head in a dreadfully graceful poise to strike.  I jumped back and after a few minutes of excitement from the accompanying photographers, the snake unfroze, turned its black penetrating gaze away and ribboned away silently like blue silk into the grass.

Every chord, every beat, moves in perfect harmony with the punishment, with no resistance, like clay in the Master's Hands, trusting, yielding, opening the eyes of the enamoured soul to its greater purpose.


Note on butterfly:  This not so commonly encountered butterfly seemed to be near death.  Very faded and unwilling to fly off the ground, it crawled up a proffered finger and allowed itself to be led onto a leaf where it stayed, unmoving.  See here for more information.

Poisoned awake, the soul sees pass the pain to put aside her inhibitions, crouching amongst the long grass with blue Death, embracing the cut, the break, the price that Nature demands for treading in the forbidden enclaves just to catch a sliver of beauty that she keeps so guardedly against her own chest.

Note on Common Mime:  One of the few butterflies who hardly ever come to set when spotted, it was observed that it is very docile and cooperative during the very early hours of the morning (8a.m – 9a.m.).  It wouldn't stop for us at about 10 when the sun became more intense.  The Common Mime is not rare but having the opportunity to shoot it open-winged and still is very uncommon.

Note on Magpie Crow: The Magpie Crow has a habit of perching on man made structures.  During the encounter, the butterfly circled three very old cemented pillars, and was feeding off a substance stained on the surface.  The Magpie Crow has also been noticed doing the same on wooden structures at different locations as well.

Giving Love in this way not for its own gain, the real world juxtaposes itself against our sprawling desperate existence, where we take and take some more.









Note on photo above:  The Erionata hiraca apicalis was spotted and discussed in Butterflycircle here.  It looks very much like the Banana Skipper (Erionata thrax thrax) were it not for the white wing tips and white antennal clubs.

Going down quietly without a fight, every element gently surrenders to our desperation without a fight. 

 And while sinking our teeth into their flesh, you can't help but wonder.

Note on female Cruiser:  Unlike the male Cruisers which frequently come down to puddle, the female Cruiser hardly is within reach.  The butterfly is very swift on the wing with a long glide.  Were it not for the flowering bushes today, we probably would not have spotted it. 

Are they all given a higher awareness, a secret promise, singing a song together in such a perfect harmony that we, at war with Nature, can never hear?

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  1. Shutterbug says:

    I haven't been on Vox too much over the past couple of months, and I wanted to pop by and say howdy. Awesome pictures, as always! :o)

  2. Thanks Shutterbug 🙂

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