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Madam Butterfly...

April Photo Hunter subjects:

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As I mentioned earlier in another post, the Botanical Gardens here in town, a couple of years ago, began building a new "Butterfly House" with donations from its memberships. This past month, they opened it to the public, and Bud and I had to go through it. The area was filled with beautiful, blooming, flowers of all colors, stone pathways, fountains, and of course...butterflies. Even a few morphing chrysalis, some caterpillars of a couple of monarchs. All in a rainbow of assorted colors, sizes and shapes-------


First...butterfly attracting flowers in bloom and the butterfly fountain [in iron and stone, smooth glossy, polished textures]:








...then, the butterflies I spotted:










...this little booger didn't want to help me out in any way---I had a heckuva time getting a photo of its purple wings OPEN.








As I was checking out the last stage of morphing, the chrysalis, I happened to spy a monarch caterpillar munching away which I'll post a photo on MACRO Monday.






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50 comments :

  1. Wow! Gorgeous captures of those butterflies, Anni. I can see why you kept trying on that last one, they are just beautiful!

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    1. I had never seen one like it except in picture books...it was a thrill...but it just didn't cooperate with me...never did see it fully open its wings.

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  2. How beautiful! We have a butterfly show every year at the Krohn Conservatory here in Cincinnati. We love doing just what you did - walk among the butterflies and flowers with our cameras. Watching children enjoy the experience is even more fun. :) Just love your images!

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    1. That one photo of the hand with the butterfly on its finger...is a child!! They were really enjoying their outing...as I was.

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  3. Delightful photographs and great for the theme.

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  4. There's a Butterfly House in the St. Louis Zoo ... the last time we were at the zoo (6 weeks ago?), it was cool enough to wear a sweatshirt while at the zoo ... which made it a little too warm while inside the Butterfly House. But it was still worth it. Especially when we saw a Blue Morpho butterfly. Of course once we saw it, it refused to open its wings so we could get a picture of its beautiful blue wings. :-(

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    1. Your photos are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

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    2. Places like that if they're closed in...tend to have a lot of humidity and warm air...I can understand that it can be extremely uncomfortable for humans coming in from the outdoor chill.

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    3. BTW...thanks, glad you enjoyed the photos.

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  5. Absolutely gorgeous! I want to visit a butterfly sanctuary badly... in fact, it's one of the things on my "Life List"! Your photos are outstanding... I especially love that purple butterfly!

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    1. It was a beauty!!!! Hope you get to have your wish on your life list become a reality!

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  6. I love butterflies! I even have tattoos of them on my leg and back! Gorgeous photos! I wish I was there!

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    1. I too have a butterfly tattoo...I designed it myself.

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    2. http://jottingsfromjersey.blogspot.com/2009/10/tattoos.html

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    3. Antonette....awesome. Purely AWESOME!!!

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    4. I love the grouping on your leg.

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  7. PS...I just realized I forgot to add Weekend Funnies today. Bummer. Next week, I promise.

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  8. Great butterfly pics! I especially like the top most butterfly photo -- such a great angle to take it from! :)

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    1. You do? Well then, I'm glad I added it....I wasn't sure about putting that particular one up on the post. Glad I did now.

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  9. Love, love, love those butterflies :)

    Hi Hootin Anni, I missed you! :)

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  10. Mowzers, those butterflies are gorgeous! We kittehs especially like the sculpture photo. We think we could have a lot of fun climbing around on those textures! Ours is up too...

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    1. Oh your post is most delicious. He's the handsomest.

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  11. I love your "textures".. beautiful butterflies!!

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    1. They'd show you a good time....they're so beautiful.

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  13. Is the one with green in the wing a monarch? That is so cool!

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    1. I really don't know for sure, the only sign I saw was "zebra"...that is the black and yellow striped. The rest, I couldn't find 'em identified.

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  14. Wow those are such gorgeous photos!! I am so jealous! I love love love taking pics of butterflies and almost never get such good ones of them!! ;) Thanks so much for stopping by my page! :)

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    1. Glad you liked 'em Phoenix!!!

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  15. Great butterfly captures, they are all so bright and colourful

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    1. Thank you....I'm glad you liked them.

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  16. Wonderful butterfly captures. Makes me want to take another trip to the Butterfly House. It is always a fun place to visit.

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    1. Loved the self portrait you shared with us today.

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  17. I realize those are forsbobet doggies but I would be hard pressed not to eat one ;)

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  18. I love that purple flower!

    My Critter please come and see when you have time. Have a safe and happy weekend!

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  19. Lovely collection!!

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  20. Oooo... love these gorgeous beauties. The butterfly fountain is so cool!

    It's been some time since I read your blog, glad we connected back again.

    Happy weekend!

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  21. Wow - such delicious and lovely shots!

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  22. What pretty butterflies. My daughter and her friend used to drive to a place like this in Canada. I wish we had one of these places around here

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  23. I see the monarch. Do they have the swan plants?

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  24. These are amazing! WOW!
    Cheers from Cottage Country Reflections: Festival of the Maples, Perth, Ontario, 2012

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  25. Beautiful photos Anni ~ We have been to the fort in St. Augustine many times... one of my favorite places.Loved the butterflies♥
    {{{HUGS}}}
    Donna

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  26. Butterflies are not easy to capture ;-)

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  27. Beautiful my friend.

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  28. What awesome shots Anni! I like this post very much. Butterflies are not easy to capture and I´m always glad when I got one to shot. With my camera.
    Can you please send me this butterfly fountain for my garden? :-)

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  29. Spring is slowly arriving here but your photos just made it pop forward for me! Beautiful colours. I always love viewing butterflies but one at a time - when I get too many a buzz I get girly about it ;)

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