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I sat snapping way too many shots of this butterfly on a succession of leaves — all of them with its wings up — hoping it would lower them so I could capture its colorful pattern. It would eventually take off and flutter around the backyard before coming back to rest in the vicinity and close ’em back up. After a few minutes my patience gave out and I gave up, thinking I hadn’t gotten what I wanted. But upon reviewing the series of images, it turns out by sheer luck I triggered the shutter at that exact same micromoment it started to lift off from a loquat leaf.