Well…Finally got a chance to swing by the Butterfly Conservatory in Ontario like I’ve been planning to for ages past. Definitely a must-see for anyone who hasn’t been. Just don’t try to go on July 4th weekend, or you’ll be waiting in line on the highway for hours there and back…Ahem. Pictures? Absolutely.
This was the first butterfly I saw when we (Kath, Ari, Jackie, and Laurie) walked into the Conservatory itself. This immediately taught me that butterflies can indeed see color (so they can actually put their camouflage to good use).
A large, absolutely beautiful species of butterfly. The zoom lens performed quite nicely.
Same species, only much closer. Personally I like the previous shot a little more since the background enhances the insect better but this shot was far too nice to trash.
A very nice species.
Butterflies everywhere you look!
And not the least bit shy regarding people.
Newly metamorphosed butterfly about to take it’s first flight.
A drab, but handsome species.
The leaf makes for a nice contrast.
Now that’s a cool looking insect.
I soon learned that one thing that distinguishes butterflies from moths is that butterflies fold their wings at rest. This species is fairly attractive on the outside, but has amazing, irridescent blue wings on top. And not once could I get a shot of them. Darn it…
My personal favorite photo in this series.
Another personal favorite.
I just find the camo-shots really neat. I dunno why…
I tried really hard, but a dead example was the best I could do for this species.
“Little did our hero realize the danger he walked out of the conservatory with. The horror soon to be unleashed apon an unsuspecting world!”
Aaaaand that’s about it. I have some really nice poses a few lady friends of mine were nice enough to oblige me with, but since I don’t have the ok to post those online…Those will have to wait, I suppose.
Overall, I’d say this was a sucessful trip.