Photographer: Matthew Ruppel, San Diego

Photo taken: Dec. 28, Butterfly House at Pacific Science Center, Seattle

Photographer’s description: “This butterfly landed on the edge of the fish pond in the butterfly house and the fish inside had one thought: dinner. The butterfly sat there stoically as the fish gulped for it, giving me the chance to grab this shot with my Sony a77 equipped with a 35mm lens. 1/50s, f/8.0, ISO 800.”

Expert says: “When you look at this photo, you probably either get a cringing ‘fly-away-before-you’re-eaten’ feeling or a ‘ha-ha, stop-mocking-that-fish’ feeling. Either way, this photo does its job because you feel something by viewing it. I like that you see all the detail in the butterfly’s wing and that the colors are muted compared to the bright orange of the goldfish, allowing it to stand out. Good job capturing the fish wide-mouthed, going for dinner.”

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— Katie G. Cotterill, Seattle Times photo staff

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