Butterfly Wonderland

It’s been ages since I posted, since I even picked up a camera. Teaching four classes, four writing-intensive classes no less, will do that to you. Or, at least, it does it to me.

But this past weekend, I decided to go down to Phoenix and photograph the wildflowers. We also went to the Butterfly Wonderland. It was so awesome that I bought an annual membership.

Tripods weren’t allowed, and it was my first time shooting under those sorts of conditions (low natural lighting, fast-moving objects, lots of humidity), so the pictures didn’t come out as well as I would have liked. They’re often soft or grainy. But still. Look at these beauties.

The colors.

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The patterns.

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butterfly9This moth was bigger than my hand. Will undoubtedly appear in a nightmare or two at some point.

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And these two butterflies perched right next to each other on a trunk, creating the optical illusion they they were one giant butterfly.

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Butterflies look too delicate to be possible–their wings. And those tiny, long legs.

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I swear that some of them looked at me when I approached to take their picture.

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And they have such gorgeous eyes.

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But I’ve gotta admit that what I’m most obsessed with is the proboscis. Mostly, it’s curled up in a tiny circle.

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But I managed to catch this one guy with his extended as he took a long drink from a flower.

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Well, can’t say that the pictures are the best quality, but I’ll have another chance soon: this weekend, there’s a special session for photographers–18 and over and tripods allowed. Whoo hoo!

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