Gene's Butterfly Pictures
Back in those days, however, you didn't carry just your net. You also needed the dreaded "killing jar" so that you could later mount the butterfly for display. I got fairly good at that, but it was extremely hard to do without damaging the wings.
Today I wouldn't dream of using a net especially for the sole purpose of getting a "trophy" because now I'm armed with a digital camera! Besides doing no harm, I find that taking butterfly photographs far more satisfying than capture because you need to get in much closer than I would carrying a net. But I still have a mounting board because on occasion I will find a butterfly that has died of natural causes.
So what do butterfly pictures have to do with variable stars and astronomy? I can't think of any relationship, but I now several who into both activities. Take a look at these wonderful butterfly images from Gary Poyner in England. And he's into wildflowers as well!
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