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Unexpected Beauty

I planned on spending a good part of my morning taking pictures of roses at the Rose Garden at Point Defiance. However, just as I was getting into the car, camera-in-hand, this beautiful black and white butterfly lit on the orange flowers next to the car door.

Forgetting the roses for the moment, I spent the next half hour trying to get a picture of this handsome beauty. This is probably the best picture I got, although I do have a slightly out-of-focus picture looking directly down on him. I decided that in order to get a perfect picture of him I would probably have to pin him down to a flower with a stick pin, but personally I prefer my nature on the wild side. It’s by far my favorite picture of the day, though the captive roses proved much more cooperative.