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monarch on purple flower

This monarch is part of the Butterfly Pavilion exhibit that opened on June 11th at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, California USA. It's a relatively small exhibit but nonetheless offers many opportunities to see a variety of butterflies in all of their life stages. This was my first experience shooting "captive" butterflies, and I found it only marginally easier to capture good images here than in the wild. I really enjoyed the educational aspects and would recommend the experience to other photographers in Southern California. (Zuiko 70-230mm zoom, f/6.3, 1/320 sec., ISO 100, sun, handheld)

 

A closer look at this lovely creature right here!

 

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Taken on June 13, 2010