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A butterfly is seen above the eye of a large crocodile in the Tarcoles River

A butterfly is seen above the eye of a large crocodile in the Tarcoles River


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A butterfly is seen above the eye of a large crocodile in the Tarcoles River

A butterfly is seen above the eye of a large crocodile in the Tarcoles River, a river with one of the highest crocodile population in the world, in Tarcoles, province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica, July 16, 2019. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

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Animal Basking Big Small Butterfly Contrast Crocodile Dangerous Depth Of Field Imposing Reptile River Teeth Water Wild Animal Wildlife Exposed Fragile Grotesque


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In this print by Juan Carlos Ulate, the delicate beauty of a butterfly contrasts with the imposing presence of a large crocodile in the Tarcoles River. The image captures a moment where nature's contrasting elements collide, showcasing both fragility and strength. The Tarcoles River is known for having one of the highest crocodile populations in the world, making encounters like this all too common. However, it is rare to witness such an extraordinary sight as a vibrant butterfly gracefully perched above the eye of this formidable reptile. The composition highlights the stark contrast between these two creatures. The intricate patterns on the butterfly's wings stand out against the rough texture of the crocodile's scaly skin. It is as if they exist in different worlds yet share a fleeting connection within this mesmerizing frame. The open jaw and exposed teeth of the crocodile add an element of danger to an otherwise serene scene. This juxtaposition reminds us that even amidst nature's breathtaking beauty, there can be grotesque aspects lurking beneath its surface. Through creative use of depth-of-field techniques, Ulate draws our attention to both subjects simultaneously while emphasizing their individual significance. The absence of people allows us to fully appreciate and contemplate this awe-inspiring encounter between two vastly different species. Ultimately, Ulate's photograph serves as a reminder that even in seemingly inhospitable environments like rivers teeming with dangerous wildlife, there exists undeniable beauty waiting to be discovered by those who dare to look closer.

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