Silver Xenica pair

ANIMAL PORTRAIT

This pair of Alpine Butterflies was photographed very early in the morning. Very low temperatures in this region, even in summer months, permit a very close approach to these immobilised insects while they wait for the warming rays of the sun to kick-start their metabolism.

Kanangra Boyd National Park, New South Wales

Canon EOS 5, Canon 100mm macro, 0.5 sec, f22, Velvia 50 film, natural light with reflector, tripod

by John Cooper, New South Wales