I have been dogged again, trying to clearly photograph the hounds hidden upon the inner wings of California’s State Butterfly. Typically, I consider myself an optimistic person, often voicing such mantras as “never say never” and “anything’s possible if you try”, however, in the case of the California Dogface (Colias eurydice), I am beginning to wonder if these pollyannaish words of wisdom can hold true?
Dainty pink hues color the edge of the female California Dogface. Unlike her male counter-part, she is otherwise predominately soft yellow in tone, a sweet and feminine beauty who is not at all concerned with her namesake.
Flashes of orange-yellow & black flicker by as male California Dogfaces flutter about. Use caution, when trying to glimpse the canine imagery which Mother Nature has dabbed upon their wings, for, I myself, have been burnt many times trying to photograph these elusive dancing flames.
Butterflies within the Sulphur family, such as Dogfaces, are known to perch only briefly and always with their wings closed. This, along with the fact that their flight is most often quick and erratic, creates quite a challenge for anyone who wishes to naturally photograph the interior surfaces of these lovely and intriguing creatures.
Naturalist, conservationist and former President, Theodore Roosevelt said “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”. Despite my many failed attempts, think I will follow his advice and keep on trying to capture a sharp image of the blue-eyed pooches who hide-out upon the Dogface’s wings. “Never say Never”… right! I’ll keep you posted. – K. D’Angelo
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