Photographer Captures the Shot of a Lifetime Consisting of a Caiman With a Crown of Butterflies

Photographer Mark Cowman is the man who witnessed one of the rarest sights while exploring outdoors. He was traveling down the Amazon, studying reptile and amphibian diversity with the Herpetology Division at the University of Michigan. What seemed like an ordinary day exploring, ended up surprising the photographer, which captured the shot of a lifetime.

This shot consists of a caiman with an adorable crown of colorful butterflies on its head. This is not something that we get to see on daily basis. Moreover, one might think of the reason behind this occurrence. As it turns out, biologically butterflies need salt to survive. They get that here from the minerals that gather on the caiman’s skin. On the other hand, the caiman doesn’t benefit anything from this relationship.

However, the calm expression in which the photographer managed to capture him, shows that he doesn’t mind this attention.

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Cowan’s Butterflies and Caiman received a category on the 2016 Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition. The Special Commendation in the Ecology and Environmental Science Category was due to the unique organization of the butterflies. Scroll down below to see the adorable images yourself, and let us know in the comments what you think of these adorable shots.

Mark Cowan / The Royal Society

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Artist Visually Compares the Sizes of Extinct Species With Their Modern Relatives

Technology has evolved and shaped our workplaces in many ways. Photoshop, for instance, helps us take a glimpse at how we want things to appear. Although flawless photography is perhaps never possible without expensive shooting gear, digital photo can give us the solution to turn imperfect photographs into professional ones so easily. It helps us to explore creative thinking and thoughts. Even though they still remain digital, they’re pretty close to reality.

To illustrate, Roman Uchytel uses technology for this matter. He uses Photoshop to show us a glimpse of things that have passed and thus will never come back. More specifically, he recreates prehistoric extinct species of animals as best as he can using the information that he has now. And it can be said that he’s been doing indeed a good job at it. Furthermore, he even managed to publish a book which you can find here.

Luckily, Earthwonders managed to get in touch with Roman Uchytel and had an interview about one of his many series which will be presented below. Such series involve the comparison of the sizes of extinct species with their modern relatives and places them side by side. It’s truly interesting how some of the species were way bigger than we would’ve thought looking at their modern relatives. So, scroll down and check out the images!

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“We came up with this idea together with Alexandra Antonova (Uchytel), my wife and business partner, for our children to know what the ancestors (or relatives) of the animals they see in the zoo looked like. Besides, I’ve been wondering myself how these animals would fit together. Everyone compares extinct animals to humans, but no one compared them to contemporaries (descendants).” said Uchytel for Earthwonders.


When being asked if it’s challenging to come up with ideas and with the final results, he said “Of course, it’s a challenge because you do it for yourself and you never know if it will resonate with other people”.


“It was really unexpected for my pictures to become quite viral, because in today’s world, it’s very difficult to surprise anyone. But I’m glad that a lot of people are interested in extinct animals, because one of the missions of the Prehistoric Fauna project is to starting point for an international dialogue that could help preserve the remains of the megafauna, because many animals can die out again because of humans.”


“People’s reaction about these images was like a snowball reaction. Because a lot of people didn’t know that modern animals had such unusual ancestors.”
































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