Zebra Longwing butterfly, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix
I went to work an hour late one morning, when fellow Flickrite danielgreene invited me to accompany him to a special exhibition for photographers in the Butterfly Pavilion at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. I had a smile on my face for the rest of the day, and a spring in my step as well -- or at least the closest thing to a spring that I can manage with my now-arthritic feet. The pavilion is open for only a few weeks each spring, and I hope to return before it closes; but if I'm not able to do so, I can look at these images and savor my memories of the experience until the exhibit returns next year.
I took my tripod and 28-90mm zoom lens with me, but ended up using neither of them. All of the pictures in this series were taken using my Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 lens, and most were taken at an aperture of either f/2.8 or f/3.2, in order to achieve a narrow depth of field.
My wife, incidentally, fell in love with this image immediately when I returned home and showed it to her on my LCD screen.