Exotic Butterflies – About their Lifestyle

Heliconius doris

Today I’m showing some images of exotic butterflies from the Magic Wings Butterfly house in Durham, North Carolina. It’s really a great place to capture images of nature’s jewels, both for yourself and to share with friends. Beyond that, you can also learn something about their lifestyle and habitat.  It’s a great way to further your understanding of nature, always a good thing.

Now on to the images. (more…)

More Butterfly Photos from Magic Wings

A female Cruiser, at the Magic Wings Butterfly House

Seems like a good idea the show a few more “Magic Wings” butterfly photos.  These are from my recent trip to the Magic Wings Butterfly House, part of the Museum of Life & Science, in Durham, North Carolina.  In this post I’m also going to provide a little butterfly education. (more…)

Butterfly Courtship

Silver Spotted Skippers Mating

Today’s image is an example of butterfly courtship.  It’s one of those shots where it’s all about the good fortune of being in the right place at the right time. And of course remembering to have a camera with a macro lens.  (more…)

The Black Phase Tiger Swallowtail

Black Phase Swallowtail

This guy is one of my favorite photographic subjects, the elusive Black Phase Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio glaucus. In my universe there is nothing more enjoyable than walking through a garden, camera in hand, trying to capture a great image of a butterfly. They’re both beautiful creatures and challenging subjects. The thing is, even if you don’t get an amazing shot, it’s still a great way to spend an afternoon. If you are persistent and patient, soon or later you’ll bag a good shot. (more…)

Butterflies at Home

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Shooting butterflies is one of my favorite ways to spend time with a camera. They are beautiful and fascinating creatures that rarely cooperate with a photographer. Butterflies simply do not understand or care about the photographer’s needs.  They refuse to position themselves against a clean background, they decide to fly away at the exact moment you have the shot framed perfectly and they have no concept of the photographer’s depth of field concerns. (more…)