Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A surprise always hides itself

Sometimes accidental shots do bring unexpected surprise and joy.

When I thought I had capture another butterfly, a Narrow-banded Velvet, nectaring at a flower, it turned out that it left the spot faster than my click.

But I somehow managed to capture it flapped to a full wingspan in my picture later.

I heard their singing and went tracing those little cicadas in the jungle. It is a very difficult task because of their size, colour of tree trunks and darkness inside the jungle.

They are remarkable alert; their always stop singing and disappear immediately while I am still searching for them. I managed to see one this morning.

When I thought it must be a failure this time since it flew away the moment my camera started to flash, but somehow my clicking speed was fast enough to retain this flying cicada permanently in my picture.

I realised then a disappointment is not always a good friend of a failure. A surprise always comes in disguise.

23 comments:

VanillaSeven said...

You still managed to captured it on flight. Maybe time to buy faster camera :)

Mei Teng said...

Sometimes, surprises happen when least expected.

Kilauea Poetry said...

Wow..can't believe what a visual treat this is- you must of been so jazzed!! Dreamy and enchanting..these are gems Rainfields!

Diane AZ said...

Butterfly wings fully opened in mid air and a cicada in flight, really delightful captures, Rainfield!

betchai said...

yes, surprises are great especialy after some disappointment, makes us feel better :)

Frieda said...

Great captures. You are so good at taking pictures of "flying friends" ...

The Retired One said...

That happened to me recently..I went to shoot a butterfly and caught a bee in midflight in the same shot. Lucky! ha

Icy BC said...

Wonderful surprise, and such beautiful pictures, Rainfield!

Grass said...

As long as we try, we'll have some surprises...but if we fail to try, do not expect any surprise.

silent moments said...

from my experience seeing a cicada let alone take a pic is a rare feast....great action shots!

Ginnymo said...

I think getting them in flight is so neat!! And it's even better if you weren't planning on it!! Good shots Rain!

ruthi said...

what a great capture... and it does amuse me how you come up with such wonderful story behind your photos. keep it up.

George said...

Sometimes pictures that we think were a failure contain some very pleasant surprises, exactly as yours did. They become the most treasured pictures of all.

Tes said...

Wow, amazing motion shots, Rainy! Wonderful surprise indeed! :)

Life Ramblings said...

it seems like you always find nice guests and wonderful surprises along the way.

CH said...

You surprise me with your picture of a escaping cicada.

Ratty said...

A surprise shot like the one with the butterfly is almost always the most satisfying. Maybe only the kind with the cicada can sometimes be better because it is a similar result with more effort, and almost a missed opportunity.

AVCr8teur said...

Success! You have captured what has eluded you.

Ayie said...

It's hard for me to capture such images, you had a great surprise right there in front of your eyes rainfield.

Ann said...

I remember this little white wild flower in the jungles of Sarawak.

Cheryl said...

Yes indeed! Great photos.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

The best surprises appear when we least expect it. Cool "in flight" capture

Harumi said...

That sure is a pleasant surprise. And it's even better to see them in action. =D