So I've noticed that there's loads of talk about "what species is this" and "this is what species I've seen", but we've spoken less of what motivates us to even ask those questions in the first place. To spend hours diving through wildlands or travel far to spy a tiny butterfly; to chase fluttering wings in the heat of the day or get up at the crack of dawn (or sometimes just never go to bed).
So I thought I'd start the ball rolling :)
For me I came to my interest through the camera, for me it is a part challenge in capturing the photos, but also in the detail, structure and beauty that the camera can unlock and show. Things that with the naked eye are hard to see or appreciate in a few fleeting moments; or which are impossible to see without magnification.
Being able to see not only the segments of the eye but the hairs that make up its structure; to see the scales on the wings; the hooks on the feet. To really pause and look at something close and in detail. There's also the fun in the hunt, in seeking out new moths or in the surprise of what you find in the trap in the morning or find out and about on a walk.
There's also satisfaction in learning to identify them and developing that whole skill of its own.
When I'm taking photos I enjoy the technical and artistic challenges that it presents; often more the former than the latter for me as of late since many of my photos tend to be "record/detail" shots based on what I get out of a moth trap - whilst artistic tends to come into itself when I find moths out and around - ergo when I'm not dictating the surface or area around them.
So that's a bit from me, what about you? What draws your interest the most, what's your lure and fascination?