Irish Butterflies

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. emoticon
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    Thanks so much for sharing!! I loved the trip!!
    3381 days ago
    So refreshingly beautiful! And your words did justification to the video and music.


    3381 days ago
    beautiful Shelley, I felt as if I was there with you and I love the music.
    So glad you completed your goal at last emoticon
    3381 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/18/2010 11:01:20 AM
    What a beautiful video, music too- so glad you persevered thru the heat so you could share this with us. We also have a Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls, Ontario - so lovely to see the variety of butterflies, plants and flowers also.
    3383 days ago
  • JODIANN421
    Meditation it was! So beautiful! You are a wonderful photographer. It's nice to have a friend to share days like that with. I am glad you got to complete one of your goals! emoticon
    3393 days ago
    How peaceful - thanks for sharing!
    3393 days ago
    I loved this. I have a small butterfly garden outside my window and have gotten some great photos but nothing like yours. i wish I could find a place close by to go to. I did go to one south of Sarasota last fall but it only had one butterfly different than the ones I have. I wish I knew how to make a slide show. Yours was awesome.Thanks for sharing.
    Oh Where was this place?
    3394 days ago
  • LEXIE63
    Wow! That was gorgeous! A beautiful piece of music that complemented the photos really well. I'll be popping back to watch it over and over I suspect. I have a real passion for butterflies and moths.

    You are a very talented lady! :-)
    Lex xxx
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    3394 days ago
    Incredibly beautiful. You have SUCH a gift!
    3395 days ago
    Wow! You are a wonderful photographer! Good job at getting out, that's often half the battle!!
    3395 days ago
  • SHELLB39
    The music behind this video slideshow is from "Songs of the Irish Whistle 2" by Joannie Madden emoticon
    3395 days ago
    absolutely gorgeous photos! I loooove butterflies! And the music is beautiful too. May i ask what it is?
    3395 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/4/2010 8:16:01 PM
  • no profile photo NANANNYSE
    What you have captured is incredible and so beautiful.

    Thank you

    3395 days ago
    Gee whiz, what a beautiful video....I love the musical
    background, but the Butterflies and the assortment of
    colors is amazing.

    Just out of curiosity, where is this Butterfly Garden

    Thanks so much for sharing this video....I so much appreciate
    the beauty....................(and being Irish of course loved
    the music.)

    3395 days ago
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