‘Royal Monarch’ has a special poignancy for me as hidden in the spectacularly obvious,

…there are indications of life’s hardships and mortality…

the butterfly itself has a damaged wing and the sunflower a damaged petal…

Things are not always are as they seem at face value,

behind the smiling face of our friends, family and colleagues
there lie scattered amongst the shards of happiness

little splinters of hardships and heart-aches…

Taken just outside Mogale city (Krugersdorp) in Gauteng, RSA

(Taken while test driving a Canon EOS 350D – Still with the Sigma 300mm lens on macro setting.)




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Sighhh, Had the sheer joy of having a camera in my hands for all of three months, before it met a tragic end against a concrete floor (lesson learnt – make sure the camera is properly clipped into the tripod. So, I’m posting a few of the better images taken and now I can but watch and comment and enjoy your new stuff….



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  • conilouz
    conilouzover 6 years ago

    wow the colors of the two to gether are amazing,, great shot,

  • Hi Coni – thanks for the comment.

    I really enjoy your “Heading Home” image. It’s filled with a special poignancy for me…



    – MikeO

  • helene
    heleneover 6 years ago

    Great shot :o)

  • Thanks Helene – hope you get your computer working again soon. I’m consistently amazed at the sheer genius and originality of your work. You have so many marvellous creations that I can’t choose my personal favourite, but “Halls of Light” caught my eye again this morning.



    – MikeO

  • aphoto4you
    aphoto4youover 6 years ago

    absolute adorable wow

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 6 years ago

    great capture and rich colors

  • roger smith
    roger smithover 6 years ago

    fabulous image Mike … beautifully set up !

  • Lance Leopold
    Lance Leopoldover 6 years ago

    Superb image!!!

  • GittiArt
    GittiArtover 6 years ago

    Wow ,I love butterflies and sunflowers so much and you captured both of them so wonderfully !!! I truly love the sense I get to it !!! Bravo Mike !


  • MikeO
    MikeOover 6 years ago

    Thanks for each and every comment – I truly do appreciate them and hope that you all derived as much pleasure from the image as I did taking the shot.



  • ItsAboutLight
    ItsAboutLightover 6 years ago

    Wow, beautiful shot.

  • Walter Strength
    Walter Strengthover 6 years ago

    Great macro Mike. nice crisp and clean. Great composition.

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