Caterpillar, Hooghly, West Bengal, India by Soumya Ranjan Bhattacharyya

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Just at the beginning of the winter, my father plants several flowering plants and winter vegetables in a small plot of land just invvfront of our house. When the north wind brings its chill and the temperature drops, the chrysanthemum and gerbera flowers bloom in full swing creating a colourful menagerie. When the flowers are in full bloom, insects and birds flock around. On a bright winter morning I took out my macro lens to photograph flowers along with my four year old son. My son gleefully went around the garden, excited, asking me to photograph each and ever flower and the butterfly on it, ants moving around the flower bush and honeybee that were swarming to get a drink of nectar. When my son pointed out at a caterpillar on a bright violet flower, I though it made for a nice image to photograph. I shot the flower with the caterpillar on it without flash using the available light as the morning was bright and sunny. This helped me in achieving the green background. While taking the picture, I observed the yellow pollen smeared around the flower and the on the caterpillar.

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