First off, here's my double disclaimer: I admit not a single one of these three shots is any great shakes as a butterfly photo. Also, I'll again confess (sigh!) I don't even know exactly which species of butterfly I've photographed—simply that it's an obviously common swallowtail.
But with that said, I'd like to state firmly that in the top photo, I simply love the spattering of palest blue covering the rearward half of the wings. Why? I have no idea. I just like it. I know, too, it's likely a result of light scattering off individual wing scales. Moreover, I also like the orange splotches and especially the yellow half-moon markings along the wings' outer edges. And I'm rather pleased by the way the bright light rakes across the top of the wings, revealing both wear and their velvety charcoal coloring.
Photo two, of the same butterfly on the same field thistle bloom, is more of a butterfly-as-stained-glass shot—somewhat backlit, and showing the translucence of the delicate wings.
The third shot (same butterfly, same thistle flower) is again backlit, but from a different angle, and reveals the folds and interior structure of the wing, along with their sheerness and delicacy.
I again beseech anyone who is better at identifying butterflies than I—which is doubtless every reader not living on foreign soil—to set me straight on what I've photographed. And in the way of personal news…I'm going to the optometrist again tomorrow, with high hopes that he can use the results of this deplorable fitting—and a possible threat or two from a riverbank hulk—to make one final attempt at a viable prescription.
Wish me luck…