A gift to me from Mother Nature, or at least that's how it felt.
DP206-2013 Posted July 25; processed ditto.
Raindrops were just beginning to fall (a prelude to a deluge, though I didn't know it then). I was about to head back to the car after photographing wildflowers in a wetlands meadow when I saw this giant swallowtail butterfly (Papilio cresphontes). It was fairly near, and not moving as rapidly from one blossom to the next as others of the species I've seen, so I was able to get a few shots before dashing for the car.
Hidden Lake Gardens, Michigan
July 23, 2013