Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui cardui

There is a joy in watching butterflies that is unique. In the public park at the waterfront, I jogged and panted all around several flower patches of petunias and lantana before the Painted Lady allowed me to get close and take her pictures.

I cannot imagine what the other regular joggers and walkers may have thought about my eccentric exercise patterns which included sudden crouches, short leaps, dashes, occasional standing on one foot and the golden Midas statue-frozen pose when a butterfly got too close but then who sees and cares about other people’s reactions when there are birds and butterflies to watch!

Vanessa cardui cardui

Vanessa cardui cardui

The butterfly effect!

The butterfly effect!

Painted lady at Al Majaz Sharjah

Painted lady at Al Majaz Sharjah

Painted Lady (5)

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