Happily Ever After
Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running
The Trouble With Cats, Part 100
by admin - 12:46 on 31 August 2013
Butterfly-hunting has lots of challenges – wind-blown foliage, their speed when spooked, blown-out highlights when they're resting in dark places, finding them at all after word went round the butterfly community that I was trying to snap them – but being accompanied by cats adds a whole new level of uncertainty.
On several occasions the decisive moment has been ruined by a bundle of grey fur flinging itself into shot milliseconds before the shutter of the Pentax clicked. Willow has (to our knowledge) only once caught a butterfly (an incautious creature who fluttered through The Rural Retreat's open door). However, that doesn't stop her from pouncing and leaping whenever she sees one.
I failed to snap a gorgeous dragonfly for the same reason. Cats clearly don't enjoy being behind the camera (unless they're Maia).
So my newest addition to the collection is a bit of a barrel-scraper: it displays well the colours of a Speckled Wood but the sharpness leaves something to be desired. I could have waited until I had a better snap but impatience won because the collection is building so slowly. Maybe there'll be a better one tomorrow.
Chatterbox Update: The Black Isle's favourite magazine is in the shops now. Don't miss it!
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