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American Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)
02-Aug-2012

American Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)

Surry, ME

Pentax 55mm f/1.8 smc Takumar
1/1000s f/2.8 at 55.0mm iso100 full exif

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Mildred Alpern03-Aug-2012 09:57
Luminous, alive and effulgent, the copper's spotted wing a stained glass panel, and its perch on the aster's yellow mound a temporary stop before it flitters off again. Spotlights single out both asters, above and below as well as buds and a shiny black ant adding a jewel's glint to the lower foreground aster.
Mildred Alpern02-Aug-2012 18:59
Ah, la farfalla...Bellissima.

This is illustrated social stratification: the gorgeous butterfly high on its pedestal gazing down at the lowly ant, that lacks social mobility. What would it take to make that climb? A boost from daisy bud? Prosthetic wings? Or just a determined crawl up the stem, feeling invincible.
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