Red Admiral Butterfly (Vanessa atalanta)
John Bryan State Park, Yellow Springs, Ohio
"The butterfly is a flying flower. The flower a tethered butterfly." - Ponce Denis
A long and eventful day photographing waterfalls at my counties' state park led me to a picnic area for a quick rest stop. I had been sweating in total excitement over how the day was playing itself out. This small patch of wildflowers seemed to be a hotspot for the local butterfly and moth populations. Many varieties could be spotted within very close proximity, such as this beautiful Red Admiral.
A rather small butterfly, I mistook this for a type of moth based on how dull the colors looked at first glance. A closer inspection with my macro setup showed that there was more detail than I thought. The gorgeous orange that lines the wings help set this one apart from the other butterflies and moths. All in all, this quick macro moment with the smaller flying insects was a nice change of pace from the larger than life waterfalls from the rest of the day. Sometimes the best photo op's are the ones were nature decides for you what to take aim at.
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