Nancy Dushkin drove out to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve at sunrise to take early-morning photos. Going in for a closer look, she spotted a caterpillar nibbling on a poppy.
"I never would have seen it by walking the trail and looking down," she said. "Sometimes the best shots are taken by looking at your subject from different angles!"
Dushkin took this photo on March 16 with a Nikon D810. Sadly, the reserve's poppies only live on in photos now.
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