Washington, Connecticut. My friend Gary and I got up very early to catch the morning light at the Macricostas Preserve of the Steep Rock Land Trust which is right down the road from my house. After hiking around we set up in a small clearing near a bend in Bee Brook to do macro and general landscape work. Almost immediately a small butterfly landed on Gary’s leg and continued to fly and land (touch and go) all over him and me for the next hour. Another butterfly came by as well and between the two of them we had our hands full shooting them, each other, our equipment, everything. An elephant could have been bathing in the brook next to us and we’d have missed it, we were so focused on these butterflies.
Note: I took over 100 RAW images of this and the other butterfly. Many of them turned out quite well which is a good day for me (been a while). I have to say, I’m having a renewed love affair with the Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8 L, it’s a wonderful lens, useful in a variety of situations. This is Gary’s most excellent tripod which is a set of medium weight Gitzo legs with an Arca Swiss B1 ballhead. This butterfly has good taste in equipment.