Butterfly, Melbourne Zoo 2010 by Pilgrim

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This photograph is for a challenge we will be running from 5 July for just a few days where you show us an animal you identify with, perhaps explain why and nominate an environmental or animal charity to receive $200. All the staff will be entering but it will also be open to the whole community (of course). RedBubble will be writing a post about it early Monday morning.

Anyway this is my butterfly. A butterfly encompasses the fragility, beauty and brevity of life. They are our own story.

And if I win then RedBubble will be sponsoring three donkeys at the Victorian Donkey Rescue. So vote for me.


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  • peter
    peterabout 4 years ago

    What I find most interesting about the butterfly is the transition they make during their short life … perhaps a metaphor for us all? We are capable of much more than we think

  • Peter
    Yes, I had sort of forgotten this point but they embody change as well as beauty and fragility. Very good zen masters for us all.

    – Pilgrim

  • Vitta
    Vittaabout 4 years ago

    Great Work!!!

  • Shanina Conway
    Shanina Conwayabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture Martin, love the blend of colours and how the butterfly is perfectly balanced.
    Great choice too, I have such a soft spot for them, and still get so excited when they visit my garden…you’ll certainly get my vote as sponsoring 3 sweet donkeys is a wonderful idea;)

  • Shanina
    Hope you have an image you can use in our challenge. It will be open on Monday (GMT 00). Love to see what animal captures your heart.

    – Pilgrim

  • scottimages
    scottimagesabout 4 years ago

    I love your butterfly / life metaphor….. they’re beautiful creatures.

    Donkeys eh? We’ll see ;-)

  • Deborah Glasgow
    Deborah Glasgowabout 4 years ago

    Oh so true…love the shades of browns and textures with a little peek of green.

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorabout 4 years ago

    I am so happy, to see you and Peter participating, I’m actually weeping happy tears :)

  • Mardra
    Mardraabout 4 years ago

    Great Great Great!

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayabout 4 years ago

    What a beauty. Is that pale pink in there? Wonderful muted colors.

    And I like how you’ve shot this with the butterfly facing downward on the stem (trunk?) of that plant (tree?). So often we see them poised for flight. But a lot of their time is spent like ours is, standing around on this Earth doing what we have to do to survive.


  • Robin

    I had spent about half an hour in the butterfly house before I caught this image – which satisfied me. I like how the butterfly compliments the bamboo on which she is sitting.

    – Pilgrim

  • Paul Vanzella
    Paul Vanzellaabout 4 years ago

    totally love your framing… great use of space, well thought out shot, Martin

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 4 years ago

    they are so fragile yet they cover many miles in migration to mate and reproduce and carry on !LIZ

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