The last of the summer monarch butterflies escaped it’s chrysalis today, pictured here climbing up to a suitable branch as it starts to pump up rumpled wings. I’ve not noticed the crazy watermelon-pattern eyes before.
Snails! Endlessly amazing commonplace creatures – and slightly translucent when exposed to bright sunlight, I discovered today. After posing briefly s/he was returned to the dark leaves to peruse its strange snaily personal life, unmolested, except by other snails.
I admit, it’s very small wildlife. These were taken in the garden this afternoon, playing with a new macro lens on my nearly new camera. I’m finally getting the whole aperture/depth of field/shutter/iso interactions sorted in my mind, which is just as well since at this scale the tiniest tweak can drastically affect the outcome.