Love is like a butterfly

by Helen Hooker February. 24, 2012 4890 views

When my Dad and I visited the RHS gardens at Wisley last week we were hoping to see their annual display of butterflies. Unfortunately the queue to get into the glasshouse was well over an hour long so we decided to look at other, less crowded areas instead. Faced with a day off today I decided to go back and try my luck again, arriving early to beat the crowds. Despite being one of the first into the glasshouse it took about twenty minutes before I was able to take a single photo as my camera instantly misted up in the humid conditions. All good things come to those who wait though and eventually I was away, chasing the butterflies. There were over 25 exotic varieties of butterfly fluttering around the glasshouse but it was complete potluck which ones deigned to pause long enough to be photographed. After about 90 minutes I??d taken about 120 photos and I was beginning to wilt in the 30° heat so I left these beautiful creatures to their fluttering and went off in search of lunch and a little less humidity!

Blue Morpho butterfly. These have vivid blue wings but I couldn't quite persuade any of them to pause long enough for me to capture them opened out!

Another Blue Morpho- you can just see the blue on the other side of the wings here.

Owl Butterfly. The spots on its wings are to scare of predators by looking like an owl's eyes.

Asian Swallowtail

Common Mormon butterfly.

Tree Nymph.

Tree Nymph. This shot hasn't been cropped - I really was able to get this close!

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Maud - Normandie - France 5 years, 6 months ago

Extraordinaire prise !! vous excellez dans la macro Hélen !! Les morphos, mon mari en a vu en liberté en Guyane Française ; les enfants les attrapaient avec des paquets de cigarettes de couleur bleue, cela les attirait !!

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Dorothe 5 years, 6 months ago

Fantastic macro set, esp. the 2nd!

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Ann Garratty 5 years, 6 months ago

Your personal sacrifice is well appreciated... all that huimdity and heat was worth it, these are absolutely gorgeous... I love the amount of detail you got in the last shot... beautiful!

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Kate 5 years, 6 months ago

Oh these are sooooo beautiful - your patience was well rewarded and so were we.

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Glo 5 years, 6 months ago

this set is extraordinarily beautiful!!! love is so beautiful! :))

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Josy 5 years, 6 months ago

I keep silent to receive the beauty

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Abe Jackson 5 years, 6 months ago

Just marvelous"..these are super

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Olga Helys 5 years, 6 months ago

So tiny but so beautiful
Great DOF, textures, colors

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Mike Meliska 5 years, 6 months ago

Amazing close-ups...

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Jennifer Litwinowicz 5 years, 6 months ago

great shots!! i will never know how you guys get so close to these things!!

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Marie 5 years, 6 months ago

My husband and I have a competition each year on who can take the most pictures of insects and butterflies. We only have a standard lens , but we know how it is to try to catch them and take that so wanted photo. Wonderful shots, sounds like it was great . Congratulations on such excellence .

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Ines Ganteaume 5 years, 6 months ago

Lovely set! No. 6 is my favorite!

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Marsha 5 years, 6 months ago

Oh my gosh. These are incredible butterfly macros, Helen....some of the very best I've seen on PB!!! All crystal clear images, all great are really showing off your fantastic skills in this post! Love the shimmery iridescent quality of the one in #3!!

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Patricia 5 years, 6 months ago

Beautiful :)

5 years, 6 months ago Edited
Michelle 5 years, 6 months ago

Oh these are glorious

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