Butterflies and flowers

by Helen Hooker July. 22, 2016 2358 views

A Doris butterfly - a species native to central America

I've been to lots of gardens on my travels but most have been well established ones, set up many decades ago.  By contrast, the National Botanic Garden of Wales was opened in May 2000 and is still growing and evolving today.  The thing that initially attracted me was the fact that the tropical glasshouse has recently become home to hundreds of exotic butterflies.  Once I'd overcome the problem of my camera misting up in the moist heat I spent a happy half hour following these delicate creatures around, trying to catch them on camera as they landed.  My success rate was painfully low but I came away with a few moderately good photos.  I then took a stroll through the rest of the gardens, ending up at the aptly named ‘Great Glasshouse’.  Designed by Lord Foster, it is the largest single span glasshouse in the world, and houses a huge variety of Mediterranean plants.  Its form, sunk into the hill, reminded me very much of the American Air Museum at Duxford – a fact that made perfect sense when I realised the two buildings have the same architect!

13 July 2016

A Blue Morpho

You can just see the rich blue colour of the Morpho's wings here. Sadly I didn't manage to persuade one of them to stay still for long enough to photograph it with its wings fully outstretched!

Inside the Great Glasshouse. I struggled to capture the full span of its roof so I decided to use it as a backdrop to individual flowers instead

There were lots of sparrows inside the Great Glasshouse, mostly on the hunt for crumbs left by visitors to the cafe!

A wider shot of the exterior of the Great Glasshouse. The water feature in the centre runs from the glasshouse right down to the visitor centre at the garden entrance


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Abe Jackson 4 years, 2 months ago

Amazing Helen

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Jarvo J 4 years, 2 months ago

Beautiful post, Helen. I especially like the Blue Morpho with its little tongue curling around.

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Tomie Poodle 4 years, 2 months ago

Beautiful butterflies ! Wonderful set and macros.
Well done Helen.

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Helen Hooker Replied to Tomie Poodle 4 years, 2 months ago

Thank you Max!

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Giancarlo Fosci 4 years, 2 months ago

Beautiful set, I like a lot butterflies and flowers macro

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Helen Hooker Replied to Giancarlo Fosci 4 years, 2 months ago

Thank you Giancarlo!

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G B 4 years, 3 months ago

dramatic and breathtaking set!

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Helen Hooker Replied to G B 4 years, 2 months ago

Thank you Gloria!

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Leena Kauppinen 4 years, 3 months ago

I hope I will get some day one photo like yours are - or even near them :) Greetings from Finland !

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Helen Hooker Replied to Leena Kauppinen 4 years, 2 months ago

Thank you so much Leena!

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Antonio Gil 4 years, 3 months ago

The level of detail is impressive, and the focus is great. You are a fantastic photographer Helen

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Helen Hooker Replied to Antonio Gil 4 years, 2 months ago

Thanks Antonio, although you should see the huge pile of failures I had!!

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Dunja 4 years, 3 months ago

Superb work as always!

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Helen Hooker Replied to Dunja 4 years, 2 months ago

Thank you so much!

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Ram Ya 4 years, 3 months ago

Wonderful post, Helen! I really enjoyed reading this.
How did you manage to keep the lens clean inside the greenhouse? I had this problem in Singapore.

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Helen Hooker Replied to Ram Ya 4 years, 2 months ago

Thanks Ram. The lens didn't really get dirty, just fogged up, so I just had to wait for the temperature inside and outside the lens to balance and for the mixture to disappear. It only took about 15 minutes so I watched the butterflies while I was waiting!

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Jay Boggess 4 years, 3 months ago

I agree with Brenda! Wonderful tour & camera work!

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Helen Hooker Replied to Jay Boggess 4 years, 2 months ago

Thanks Jay!

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Jay Boggess Replied to Helen Hooker 4 years, 2 months ago

Thank.... YOU!

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Brenda Nelson 4 years, 3 months ago

Helen, no one rivals you when you set your mind to a totally exquisite posting! These are so incredible in composition and clarity!

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Helen Hooker Replied to Brenda Nelson 4 years, 2 months ago

Thank you so much Brenda!

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