Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Yesterday I visited a butterfly garden at our local zoo with a friend. She had been there several times already this season but was still excited to go again. We had to cancel our original planned date, so when I woke in the morning to discover we were in for a extremely hot day I considered calling to reschedule once more. This however was one of my July goals and here it was August! So with temperatures in the mid 90's and the fact that neither of us do well with high humidity we went with reserved, but positive ambition.
After we received our simple instructions about how to be respectful visitors to the fluttering insects we walked through the entrance and were greeted with sauna like air that enveloped us! I quickly wondered if I was going to be able to manage the super moist conditions combined with the heat. I immediately took my camera out and began shooting to distract my preoccupation with what felt to me like adverse circumstances. At first my lens kept steaming up and I became discouraged with having to wipe it every other second. Thankfully, once the camera and I acclimated to the moist heat I surprisingly became mesmerized by the tropical environment and colorful creatures that surrounded me. It felt a little bit like heaven; the peaceful way these light winged beauties lighted on flowers and leaves. They were all around us.
Being passionate about capturing good photos I often have to be reminded to put the camera down to appreciate an experience, rather than looking at it only from behind the lens. So wanting to take in the big picture, I asked my friend to keep me in check with that. We engaged with the young volunteers, watched the little persons exclaim with delight and even got to see a moth emerge from it's cocoon. Later we walked to the nearby Japanese garden, found a lovely shady place to sit, then reflected and shared some great conversation. Despite the heat we had a most enjoyable experience and were happy we had chosen to go. Enjoy the slideshow I put together with some beautiful Irish music. May it be your virtual meditation for the moment.