Surprises in Nature

Challenge #157 in the Life in the Natural World series. Hosted by RuthC.
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In this nature challenge, show the viewers something you have found which is beautiful, interesting, in an unexpected place, or makes you pause and wonder at it. Perhaps it is a flowering plant growing in a sidewalk, (footpath), an insect on a flower, where you didn't expect it to be, wave patterns in the sand, a 'face' in the bark of a tree.... There should be an element of surprise in your entry, so the viewer is able to enjoy that moment too. Macro and close-ups welcome. Please, no humans, domestic pets, and minimal man-made structures. Size of entry: 1,600px MAXIMUM on the longer side.
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Yellow-spotted Amazon River Turtle and tear feeding butterflies. The butterflies feed on the salt and minerals from the turtle's tear fluid. Photo taken at Napo Wildlife Center, Yasuni National Park, Ecuador.
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Submitted: Saturday, 27th June, 2015 08:05 (GMT)
Taken: Friday, 4th January, 2013
Focal length: 600 mm
Shutter speed: 1/2000 sec
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 1250
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