“Would it really happen?” I kept asking myself. “Will I know it if I see it?” They said it would not be particularly dramatic if it happens – our latitude is too low; it would only be a glow on the horizon.
In my sparsely butterfly populated corner of Northwest Oregon, a fleeting glimpse of large black and white lepidopteran wings immediately brings one name to mind – but not always the right one.
As the previous images of the Sauvie Island nesting Ospreys that I recorded with my DSLR camera were less than satisfactory, I brought my Swarovski digiscoping rig to the site on my next visit.
From their spectacularly colorful wings that can be maddeningly difficult to get into proper focus to their flighty feeding habits that cause them to move to another flower a split second before the shutter release button is depressed, butterfly photography can test photographic skills in ways few other nature subjects can.