When a friend suggested that a local butterfly atrium would be great place to take pictures, I was eager. Knowing how difficult it is to take shots of butterflies, I figured this would be the perfect place for me to practice. I was at Butterfly Wonderland yesterday before it opened its doors at 9 AM and did not leave until after 1 PM. I was captivated. I sat and absorbed the quiet beauty, I watched people in their delight at the exquisite creatures, and I took hundreds of shots. It was a wonderful day!
Here are a few of my shots. Do you have a favorite?
(Click on any for a larger image and greater detail.)
“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.” - Georgia O’Keeffe
Since I haven’t taken a picture lately, I thought I’d dig into my files and bring out one that I’d taken with my 70-300 mm lens. I believe this was my first experience with the lens and with a tripod. I clunked through the Desert Botanical Gardens, knocking into various flora and irritating the birders. However, with the help of a keen-eyed, and patient, birder, I saw and managed to get this image of the sweet little momma and her chick.