Traveling through Ecuador from Quito to the Mindo cloud forest can be both breathtaking and discouraging. I'll get to the breathtaking part later, but I wouldn't be honest about how beautiful Ecuador can be if I didn't also mention that it can be damn ugly, too.
I chased this guy around for a while before I caught him landing and spreading his wings. I do love this shot of the blue butterfly in the Mindo cloud forest, Milpe, Ecuador. [...]