Living with photographers
In his quiet way James Bumgarner took a picture of his wife Gay Bumgarner
They are in Costa Rica and
She crouches in the undergrowth still and watchful
waiting, camera to her eye focused close.
There is a chance that the unusual butterfly of the area – it being the reason for their hike to this section of the forest, where it’s preferred plants grow --
and its unique black and white sworls, will come & be at home
She waits watching... carefully. Filled with anticipation at this good spot and feeling lucky --- a lucky day perhaps.
she hears a click behind her and looks up smiling surprised to see her husband standing very near.
He replaces the lens cap and wears a wry satisfied smile.
She smiles up at him-- and asks if he saw something "good."
He is happy with his camera and its long lens. He enjoys looking -- watching the exotic world ----and she thinks he would be just as happy with a good set of binoculars since he seldom actually takes a picture yet, he always seems content about it.
"Did you see something?” -- she wonders. 'what inspired him to actually take a picture?'
He looks at her with mischief and says,
"The view from here is just lovely" and she is filled with the pleasure of his attention and the compliment.
Their marriage is still brand new, her sense of good fortune unfazed.
He watches, as the wind plays with her hair
His pleasure in her company, her beauty, and her joy is a sturdy force
--- delight durable as an element of earth
In her white blond, Gringa hair, the butterfly is an exotic hair bow,
A stylish fascinator
& as The Great Eggfly warms itself brief notions of flowers rise up -- butterfly visions-- created by the sun releasing the aromatic floral scent from her shampoo
Does the man speak to her of the butterfly?
No, likely not.
Her butterfly, the one meant for her, will come in time and she will be filled with excitement at its beauty and the efforts of making a picture.
Much later the yellow box of slides, "Kodachrome" comes in the mail and she peers down her loupe at the slides on the lightbox.
She is confused and then she laughs in music.
Ah, the Great Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina)
She goes to him.
Note: There weren't many photos that James Bumgarner took and this is one she kept. These are my imaginings combined with my rememberings of those times. For all who knew them, enjoy. If you are a photographer or live with one....enjoy too.
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