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The Butterfly and the Bee

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The Butterfly and the Bee

People ask me why I don’t like butterflies. Aside from an intense, visceral reaction (yes, I squeak and tense up and generally act like a six year old who’s spotted a monster underneath the bed), the only thing I can say is… well, look at it! That creepy thing is just sitting on the flower, chilling out, while behind it is a bee, something with a stinger that could impale the butterfly like Vlad Tepes’ victims. Yet the butterfly ignores the bee, and just sips at the flower with its longer-than-its-legs proboscis. That is bad ass.

Also, the thing could come flying at me any second. I ask you, how is a butterfly not creepy?

The Butterfly and the Bee
26 July 2010
Morton Wildlife Refuge, Sag Harbor, NY

The Jellyfish in the Sea

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Last summer was all about the underwater camera. My mother and I both have one, and we wound up at Morton one day, dueling to see who could get the best shot of the jellyfish that were floating in the bay. This was probably my best shot from that day — it’s harder than you might think to focus a camera underwater on a subject that just kind of drifts around with the tide, all while trying not to get stung by its floating brethren.

The Jellyfish in the Sea
26 July 2010
Morton Wildlife Refuge, Sag Harbor, NY

The Chipmunk in the Trees

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This guy has learned to watch for people just like the birds have. He followed us along the trail, hoping we would drop something good to eat.

The Chipmunk in the Trees
10 July 2008
Elizabeth A. Morton Wildlife Refuge, Sag Harbor, NY