Butterfly Photos

This week I toured the “Butterflies in the Garden” exhibit at the Botanical Gardens in Fort Worth, Texas. A few dozen species of butterflies from around the world fluttered and lighted upon exotic trees, shrubs and flowers in the newly renovated two story arboretum. The day was cloudy and the lighting was somewhat dim in the fully glass enclosure. With my subject stationary and the depth of my subject shallow I tried to keep my aperture close to 9 to keep as much of my subject in focus as possible.

Excited parents and children and helpful volunteers all anxious to share their own pose worthy butterfly spotting added to the excitement of trying to photograph as many different species as possible. My lens was a 70-200mm on a Nikon D810 body. For this little zebra stripped butterfly I used an ISO of 2263, F-stop F-9, exposure time 1/400 sec at a focal length of 135mm.

This is a lovely Asian, Scarlet Marmon Butterfly that I found sitting like a little gem above the lime green foliage. I used an ISO of 3200, F-stop F-9, exposure time 1/400 sec at a focal length of 135mm.

This large dark blue butterfly was both visually stunning and a willing subject. Butterflies have scales on their wings that give the wings their rich velvet like texture. Here I used an ISO of 1008, F-stop F-6.3, exposure time 1/200 sec at a focal length of 200mm.

I loved photographing this beautiful Paper Kite Butterfly among the emerald green banana tree leaves. ISO of 1131, F-stop F-8, exposure time 1/400 sec at a focal length of 135mm.

One of the Exhibit worker pointed out this lovely Central American, Blue Morpho to me, lighted onto the trunk of a large palm tree when I tried to walk right past it. ISO of 1600, F-stop F-9, exposure time 1/200 sec at a focal length of 135mm. The exhibit will be open until April so I am already planning my next visit!

Atlas Moth

Zebra Longwing from Central America

Tiger Longwing from Central America

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