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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Ishigaki Island: Flowers and Butterflies

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Butterfly on Ishigaki Island, Japan.

Ishigaki Island is, like most of Okinawa, a nature paradise. One notable presence on the island is that of its multifarious and multitudinous butterflies. Not a few times while driving we would spot tourists with big butterfly nets looking to scoop another delicate beauty for their collection.

Butterfly on Ishigaki Island, Yaeyama, Japan.

And you need a big net, because butterflies are pretty difficult to capture, whether physically or photographically. A little patience and some wild, indiscriminate shutter button pushing got me a few pictures of this Papilio bianor okinawensis flitting around the garden of the little bakery where we had breakfast every morning.

Butterfly on yellow flower, Ishigaki Island, Japan.

By the way, the bakery, called Pinacolada, in beautiful Kabira Bay, deserves a blog entry of its own for producing some of best bread, pie and tarts we've eaten anywhere. In the meantime, enjoy a few snaps of the butterflies, and one of the stunning hibiscus that also adorn this sightseeing gem of a Japanese island.

Hibiscus, Ishigaki Island, Okinawa, Japan.

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