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A butterfly for mom

It was a beautiful day some years ago, and I was driving home with mom from my brother’s vacation rental outside of Quechee, Vt. It was one of those perfect summer days—warm, no humidity and a light breeze. We were meandering along a back road making our way to south to Bennington and taking in the sites, not really wanting to go home just yet. So when we passed this enormous planting of black-eyed susans there was no question we had to stop and get a photo. I was shooting with film in my old Canon A-1, and set up to shoot back into the 20-yard-deep planting of flowers trying to isolate a couple when on cue the monarch landed right in the focal plane. It was perfect, and I couldn’t believe how much it fit with the colors and the petals of the flowers. Mom loved the print, it was one of her favorites, and it now hangs in my son’s room. To this day that image brings me right back to the memory of that day with her.