Zebra Longwing butterfly, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

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    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.

    Momba (Trish), aidansmac, and 2 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Michelle Kerr 97 months ago | reply

      It is a beautiful image, I can see why she loves it!
      I've never been to a butterfly pavillion, which is a shame because we have one close by, I need to make an effort go.

    2. SublimeImage [deleted] 97 months ago | reply

      Such a lovely capture!

    3. Momba (Trish) 96 months ago | reply

      Wow! This series of butterfly photos are awesome, Garry!!!

      Seen in The Momba Fan Club (?)

    4. gwilmore 96 months ago | reply

      @Momba: Thanks! Comments from you are always especially appreciated, and I'm glad you liked these and the picture of the harpist, none of which received as much attention as I had expected.

    5. aidansmac 90 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a brand new group called Desert Botanical Gardens, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group. Please join and help us grow.


    6. aidansmac 90 months ago | reply

      This is an amazing butterfly photo. Thanks so much for adding it to our fledgling group. I have seen the monarchs at the DBG but not other butterflies. This is a wonderful macro with great color.

      Seen in the Desert Botanical Garden group

    7. grammyandpoppyk 87 months ago | reply

      Fantastic capture!
      All the butterfly pics in this set are great!

      You are invited to post this wonderful image to:

      Plants In Macro

      Please tag your photos "PlantsInMacro"

    8. ss | photog 85 months ago | reply

      good capture!

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