And s/he saw me.
The wings, opened full, were the size of a business card.
The butterfly was sitting peacefully under a shaded part of the greenery.
I asked “may I take a picture?”
S/he held still, slowly opening and closing those colorful wings.
But I had to get closer still, as my camera phone couldn’t quite see clearly.
So slowly I crept, closing the 5 foot gap to something closer to 4 feet or so.
But butterfly would have none of that. S/he suddenly snapped those wings shut revealing the duller colors beneath, like a crisp salute. And s/he watched closely for a few seconds longer before taking off.
I could have sworn s/he stuck a proboscis at me while watching with pale green compound eyes before taking off in flight.
…running away fast, like a mischievous little child, laughing all the while.
These are cropped pictures from the originals.