It’s not fireworks but we got to see some breathtaking beauty in the Butterfly Encounter at the Chattahoochee Nature Center on July 4th. The exhibit is an annual event where they set up an enclosure with flowers and lots of free-flying butterflies that you can walk through and see up-close.
Some of these amazing insects rarely stop moving, beating their wings constantly and rapidly moving from one flower to the next. A few will stop and draw nectar from a flower for a long while and only move the wings on occasion before moving on. We even had several that landed on our shoulders or heads and hitched a ride for a while.
It is great fun seeing this flying artwork and admiring the many shapes and colors that make each one unique. From a photographic viewpoint, they are beautiful subjects but quite demanding. It’s not easy to find spots where they land which has good lighting, a favorable background and an angle where you can see the details all in the few seconds before they move somewhere else.
Chattahoochee Nature Center
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
135mm @ f/9 – 1/40 sec – ISO 100