Bataplais bilong Varirata by bobfoto

Bataplais bilong Varirata

I always like spotting a butterfly, and it is super cool to see one or two or three flying around and chasing each other. Always really cool to see two or three sitting on a branch or a bloom somewhere. So imagine the smile when I saw this collection of butterflies on the stick, in the deep darkness of the rainforest.

I was looking for fungi, I mean it was cool and damp and dark, just perfect for fungi and none of these b'flies were flying so I didn't notice them until I almost bumped them with my head. I then looked up to see a whole heap of them!

Awesomesauce!

Photo taken 23 December 2007
What a great PO! There must have been something there they all like! Love the blue tinge on the wings!
December 22nd, 2012  
What an awesome find! They look so velvety. I actually thought it was fungi in the thumbnail.
December 22nd, 2012  
@maggiemae - I needed the flash so it did reflect a little on the wings hence the blue flashes. But I kinda like that!
December 22nd, 2012  
Really great shot. Like leaves on a branch. Fav
December 22nd, 2012  
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i just love it.
i really think it must be great to see these all like this.
December 22nd, 2012  
What a very cool find.
December 22nd, 2012  
A branch of the butterfly convention!
They are beautiful, and look quite tiny.
December 22nd, 2012  
Absolutely stunning. I love the sheen on the wings.
December 22nd, 2012  
wow amazing!
December 22nd, 2012  
Wow what a find Jason...I would have been very happy to come across this especially when you don't expect it!!!
December 22nd, 2012  
Fantastic, wow!
December 22nd, 2012  
What a beautiful capture of these gorgeous animals! Well done!
December 22nd, 2012  
Beautiful capture. Awesome find.
December 22nd, 2012  
@lisjam1 - At first I thought it were something different too.

@peterdegraaff - Thanks Peter, and thank you for the fave, I'm honoured.

@glendq - Thanks Glendq, it was very cool to see them like this!

@kjarn @onie @swilde - Thanks Ladies :) And they're around the size of a Common Crow, so a reasonable sized b'fly.

@lfrans @turning_40 @leananiemand @grammyn @daisy - Thanks so much! :)
December 22nd, 2012  
Fabulous!!!
December 22nd, 2012  
wowa, thats awesome!
December 22nd, 2012  
Very fantabulous! And what a collection of beauties to spot as well.
December 22nd, 2012  
The white spots seem to glow. Good nature story.
December 22nd, 2012  
Wow! Obviously that was the place to be!
December 22nd, 2012  
Cool gang
December 22nd, 2012  
what a a great find - and lovely shot
December 22nd, 2012  
wohuuuu amazing catch jd! :) congrats on that you must have been over the moon in that moment donĀ“t you?
December 22nd, 2012  
Wow! Really cool shot! Nice seen.
December 22nd, 2012  
@scooter @sam_cr - Thanks Scooter and Sam!

@geocacheking @rvwalker @365inthelifeofjcvogt - Thanks Guys, they were kinda like dead leaves, just sort of swaying around on the stick, until I went "hey them's butterflies!"

@alia_801 - for them. Wonder what the attraction was?

@houdiniem @lbmcshutter - Missus Tull and Richardson, thanking youse!

@agentzuckerguss - I had a pretty big cheesy stupid grin!
December 22nd, 2012  
You are the best! Amazing....amazing..amazing!
December 22nd, 2012  
Absolutely stunning fav. Would love to see something like this.
December 22nd, 2012  
Wow, what a fantastic capture, such terrific detail in each and every one. Has to be a fav for me!
December 22nd, 2012  
@angelamartel - Oh thank you Angela, that is sweet of you to say so!

@fjh @judithdeacon - Oh thank you both for the fave. thankyouthankyouthankyou!
December 23rd, 2012  
Fav Jason - love this!!
December 23rd, 2012  
One of the most amazing experiences in my life was.. One day I went to lunch with a friend n my daughter who was a baby in her car seat. Wehn we came out of the country resturant we were just about to climb into my car and we were then surrounded by butterflies, not just one or two, but we had to stand still as if we took one step it would have crushed many. The ground, car, trees etc were covered... Then in a split second later they all flew away.. It left both of us speechless.. 'Like wow, did that really just happen?'.. It was incredible and I have goosebumps just thinking back to it. Amazing..

Fantastic shot, amazing to see them all.. Favd - Wishing you a very Merry Christmas x
December 23rd, 2012  
@michelle58 @michelleyoung - Thank you Michelles ;) Thank you both for the fave and wow what a tale, I too got goosebumps reading that! One time when I was a young lad, I found a grove that housed thousands of butterflies, in a big swarm. I too couldn't move for squishing a few, so being a little ratbag snotty kid, I tried catching as many as I could... :(
December 23rd, 2012  
@michelleyoung - Oh and wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas too Michelle! :)
December 23rd, 2012  
Awwww Jason lol that's awful
December 23rd, 2012  
@michelleyoung - I think I learnt my lesson...
December 23rd, 2012  
Jason, this is astunning shot. I have just told someone else that their shot is one o fthe most stunning I have ever seen on 365, and then I spotted this on the PP, and I have to say it again within a few short minutes. One of my favourite ever. I love butterflies and this is one of the most stunning butterfly shots I have ever seen. Huge Fav. @runningbk ,one for you!!
December 23rd, 2012  
@seanoneill - Sean, thanks for the heads up on the PP. I'm well chuffed! Thanks for the kind words my friend!
December 24th, 2012  
Oh these are gorgeous butterflies!! Those tinges of colours... they're just amazing! Great shot, Jason, great shot.
December 24th, 2012  
congratulations my friend!
December 24th, 2012  
Quite right @Seanoneill, thanks for the link. Great shot Jason. Fav
December 24th, 2012  
this is amazing. such serendipity
December 24th, 2012  
@ozziehoffy - Thanks Cassandra. All this butterfly love has put a big smile on my face this Xmas morn. Hope you are waking up to a wonderful Christmas Day!

@grammyn - Thank you Katy, and seeing as the world did not end last week, I would like to wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas, I'm sure the Big Guy in the Red Suit is nearing your part of the globe now!

@runningbk - Thanks Mike, thank you for the fave, you have yourself a new follower now!

@abhijit - Thank you Abhijit, hope you and your family are enjoying the Festive Holidays!
December 24th, 2012  
@bobfoto tenkyu tru, Jason! wishing all God's blessings on you and your family as well!
December 24th, 2012  
@grammyn - Thank you Katy. :)
December 26th, 2012  
Amazeballs - what a wonderful sight/shot/experience. Smashing
December 28th, 2012  
@filsie65 - Thanks!
December 28th, 2012  
WOW! So pretty.
January 4th, 2013  
@hellcat - you said pretty! hee hee hee hee.
January 4th, 2013  
... running out of adjectives... and it is. hell, so are you. so am i. It's just a pretty pretty day....

not really. My back and shoulders hurt like a muthaduckah and there's a chance I over exerted myself on that whole work out thing. *old lady complaining all done*
January 4th, 2013  
@hellcat - you need to go easy on those workout thingos... they can be bad for your health.
January 4th, 2013  
It would appear so. :-\
January 5th, 2013  
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