Magic Exists.

I must tell you about my interest in Lepidoptera. My great child-like interest in Butterflies and Moths. When I see one my eyes lock in on it, I follow it as far as I must go until it settles so that I can look upon it’s beauty.

Today was one of those days, a day to remind you that magic exists. We reached our first stop. An area that looked as if a pool of light had turned into pale sand as it touched the earth.  Enclosed by the Oribi Gorge forest and the Samango Falls, we settled down to take in the view, have a snack and quench our thirst.

Sansung S3 image taken by fellow trekker Deane (The Journeyman).
Sansung S3 image taken by fellow trekker Deane (The Journeyman).

Just then a large butterfly came floppying into sight. Low enough to touch and then up beyond reach. I watched in delight calling out to the others, “I have not seen one like this before”. Camera in hand I did my best to get as close as possible, but my 18-55mm lens just can’t reach. I always bring backup, so out came my little “point and shoot” camera, the zoom was fantastic. I managed to get a shot…

An Emperor Swallowtail captured using my Canon PowerShot SX210 IS at Oribi Gorge.
An Emperor Swallowtail captured using my Canon PowerShot SX210 IS at Oribi Gorge.

After consulting our Steve Woodhall Butterflies book I did some further research and found this blog, Afromacro. If you are fascinated with butterflies like I am, it is a endless source of information.