We went to the Davidsons Mill Park to look for dragonflies by the water. On Sundays the Butterfly House is open between 10 and 12 noon. So we decided to take a look. A lot of caterpillars munching their way through leaves and a few butterflies flying around. I usually like to photograph butterflies out in the fields but it was fun to take a look. Also outside the exhibit they have lots of plantings to attract butterflies. It was extremely hot and humid morning, so we only stayed for a few minutes and went back outside to see what we could find. To be able to get close to some of these small subjects, I used a 300mm lens with a 1.4x teleconverter on a Canon 1.3 crop body, so it was about 546mm. So the backgrounds get “softer” and not distracting in the overall image.
Thanks! I always liked photographing things that fly!
You’ve reminded me that decades ago there was an art gallery in New York called A Bird Can Fly But a Fly Can’t Bird.
Thanks! That’s Cool! I like it!
So happy to see monarchs in NJ – the northeast population has been hit badly, so hope arises every summer. Beautiful work!
Yes, I saw quite a few in PA last year. But in NJ I definitely see less now. At this county park, (which is also paired with Rutgers University)they have a Butterfly house, more like a hut, where they seem to breed them and then release them, so there are quite a few there in various stages of becoming butterflies that will be released.
Good to know. I’ve thought of doing the same, mail order chrysalis – but it is pricey and one would need to order thousands to have any impact. It might be worth doing as a group of gardeners, researchers, entomologists, etc. Plus it is unknown if migration is imprinted by nature or nurture… bringing them East from the Midwest might not make a difference if they are imprinted to return to that longitude.
Hi! Very True, but it Nice they try!