The pygmy emperor moth is one of the beautiful moths of southern Africa. Its larvae feed on the wild syringa or Burkea Africana, which grows next to our veranda. Probably the reason why we keep finding them around our house!
Inspiration: This butterfly is battered – but she is not broken and still flying!
Photo taken of a citrus swallowtail in my garden in Lusaka, Zambia
It’s winter here in southern Africa, with temperatures sometimes dropping to almost zero degrees. And still, some butterflies are on their wings, providing contrasting colors. I think this one is called the soldier pansy.
Photo taken in the forest at Kurisa Moya lodge, South Africa
We have a saying in the Netherlands, “Wie’t kleine niet eert, is’t grote niet weert”. It means something like ‘if you don’t honor the small, you’re not worthy of the great’. It is what I say to myself if I pick up a penny that someone dropped.
But I think it’s also true for nature and photography. You don’t always have to go for the big and the dramatic – the elephants, lions, and the like. If you just step outside and pay attention to the smallest details, you may find even greater beauty!