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It looks like we might be set for quite a nice, sunny and warm Saturday even though it's almost October and Autumn is well and truly upon us. However, last night there was a clear sky and so overnight and early this morning it was quite chilly outside.


My wife ♥ alerted me to this butterfly that was drowsily warming itself on a concrete slab in our garden—a great opportunity to photograph an otherwise typically flighty and nervous butterfly.


I've been very lazy of late, leaving my favourite Canon 24–70mm f/2.8 lens almost permanently attached to my camera and searching for shots I can take with it rather than changing lens to suit the shot. I knew to get really close to the butterfly and do it justice that I'd need to attach the 100mm f/2.8 macro lens, so I did.


Inching closer and closer to the butterfly on my stomach I noticed an ant investigating the drowsy creature. It seemed to be "stealing" food from the butterfly's tongue? The butterfly didn't seem to mind though.


At first, I thought the butterfly might actually be deceased (I have history of unknowingly photographing dead creatures) but about 30 minutes after I had gone back inside and with a little bit of sun to warm it up it had flown off.


EXIF: 1/60s, f/4, ISO 200. Canon Speedlite 430 EX II in ETTL II mode with +½Ev flash compensation in LumiQuest Softbox III.


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Taken on September 24, 2011