More Butterflies

I’ve become mildly obsessed with butterflies. As a member of the Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale, I can go to these early morning. tripod photographer sessions before the pavilion actually opens, and it is awesome. I bought a 50 mm prime lens just for this occasion. While I see a HUGE improvement in the quality of the picture, I still don’t know exactly how to focus. I’m obsessed with butterfly eyes and proboscises, so that’s where I tend to focus, but then their wings get a bit fuzzy. And I still don’t get the point of using a tripod. Or maybe I’m just too lazy.

Well, without further ado, here’s some butterflies that I didn’t get very interesting pictures of, but they’re amazing in their colors.

multigreenshimmer

bluespots

And rare, apparently–an older woman pointed out the multicolored one to me and then told me that they don’t get those kinds in very often and that she should know because she goes there more than ANYONE ELSE. And I believed her.

Others that seemed rare. Or at least, I saw fewer of these:

yellow

orangeonpink

brownshimmer

greenbrown

blueonred

whiteorange
furrybody

(I’m not sure how I feel about all those fuzzy bodies.)

I remain obsessed with morphos. When their wings are open, morphos are an amazingly blue color. But I love the patterns on their closed wings.

amazingmorpho

And, really, you cannot beat their striped eyes.

morphoface2

morphoface

I remain obsessed with white monarchs.

monarchside2

monarchside

blackmonarch

And, oh hell, these mostly white butterflies are pretty rad. They may look the same, but check out the different spots.

whiteprofile
white

And check out THIS GUY:

whiteonpink2whiteonpink

Speaking of which, it is really rad to watch butterflies feed.

orangeonpink2

blackonpink

( I like that you can see the reflection of the flower in that one.)

feedingpinkflowerflowerdrink

whiteonrock

Or even about to feed:

yellowflower

blackredprofile

orangeprofile

ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY HAVE A FREAKING RED PROBOSCIS.

redprob

This brown butterfly was happy to pose head on

browncloseup

or in profile

orangebrownprofile

or upside-down.

brownongreen

But my favorite of all are these green guys, who look like this when their wings are open

butterfly22

and like this when their wings are closed.

greenprofile3

greenprofile

THEIR EYES!

greenprofile2

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