Caterpillar in the garden. Nature photography in Puerto Rico.

Caterpillar in the garden. Nature photography in Puerto Rico.

Caterpillar: Who… are… you?
Alice: I- I hardly know, sir. I’ve changed so many times since this morning, you see…
Caterpillar: No, I do not ‘C.’ Explain yourself.
Alice: I’m afraid I can’t explain myself sir, because I’m not myself, you know.
Caterpillar: I do not know.
Alice: Well, I can’t put it any more clearly, sir, for it isn’t clear to me.
Caterpillar: You? Who ARE you?

This is one of the caterpillars I photographed in the garden the other day.
This is one of the caterpillars I photographed in the garden the other day.

I can’t help thinking of Alice in Wonderland any time I see a caterpillar. They are such amazing creatures, the way they change into butterflies really is magical. These two caterpillars climbed into our tomato plants the other day and ate the whole plant! After they filled their bellies with tomato leaves they settled in to take a short nap on the branches. At first I thought maybe they were settling in to begin their metamorphosis, but later when I checked the plant they had climbed down from their branches. I love having the opportunity to photograph things in nature. The shapes and colors are so beautiful. Here in Puerto Rico there are so many opportunities to take pictures of  amazing creatures.

I used my 70-200mm 2.8 lens to photograph these caterpillars. It was just a little before sunset so the lighting was nice and soft.

Photography is a great way to examine things up close. By using my long lens I am able to see so much more detail in this photograph than I could using just my naked eye. I really love the way the green of the caterpillar pops out agains this orange background.
Photography is a great way to examine things up close. By using my long lens I am able to see so much more detail in this photograph than I could using just my naked eye. I really love the way the green of the caterpillar pops out agains this orange background.
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