I had originally tried to get a close up of one of these two caterpillars chewing on one of the leaves on this plant, while I was on vacation in St. Maarten. But there was a very strong wind from an oncoming storm blowing all the plants about madly, and with the erratic movement, looking at the caterpillars I couldn't tell which end ate and which end pooped! Still months away from getting my first DSLR I was using my old model Fujifine pics point & shoot camera, and for me the task proved to be impossible with the weather conditions. Realizing the hopelessness I decided to try for this wider view instead. I'd say from the start of my endeavor to calling it quits, it took me about 45 minutes and dozens and dozens of attempts to get one sharp shot in this frustrating wind. Then the heavy rain came pouring down and I got soaked.
My eyes were tired, I could barely see, and I figured none of the shots came out sharp. I was so sure of it that I never even bothered looking at any of these particular shots when I got back on our cruise ship. I didn't even look at them when I got home from the cruise. It wasn't until a couple of months later as I started editing all my pictures from the trip that I came across this shot and was absolutely stunned at the image on my computer screen.
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