You do have to reflect on whether or not to post this image. Aricia agestis. The Brown Argus butterfly.
Why didn’t I pitch this slide, as I do the other 4,970 or so that I toss each year? After all, I shoot hand-held, often in a crouch or in some other awkward position.
Why? I’m 6,000 miles+ from home, it’s a spectacular day and I’m on top of Israel’s magnificent Mt. Hermon, still peppered with undiscovered land mines and probably under the supervision of telescope equipped soldiers of 2 different countries.
The mountain-top is rock strewn and it’s butterflies are the most evasive of any I have ever approached!
June is the optimum time to be on this mountain peak…few if any people and most of its rare butterfly species are flying.
So sure I now share this image with you. I don’t know how many photos of Brown Argus on Mt. Hermon are available. This is my best…it was gone…as I belly crawled forward again,on those rocks, to make my next staged approach.