Exploring Denver: the Butterfly Pavilion
Okay, so it’s more the Denver Area. And I’ve been here a year, and I’ve barely got any explorin’ done. But hey, Denver is far from a 24 hour city, and nowadays I’m most often awake in the wee hours of the morning.
So! The Butterfly Pavilion! It’s a cute little place, generally targeting kids but (I think, at least) a great location to spend a couple of hours playing with a camera anyway. Particularly in the middle of the winter- the pavilion itself is very warm and humid and lovely and a great break from the cold and snow. You might want to be ready for some macro shots, however. For example:
I’m getting to the point where I feel comfortable shooting with the camera on manual, and I love how much more control I have over my exposure. Next I hope to work on running the focus manually, and see if I enjoy that as well.
Shooting at the Pavilion, I found myself moving very slowly for fear of stepping on a butterfly. I mean, the things are everywhere! My tiny, mincing steps and careful awareness of my own movements, however, allowed me to notice things I think I would have otherwise missed -and perhaps, to get closer than I would otherwise. I think this tattered little critter was running out of time, though, and probably wouldn’t have flown off if I had been running and screaming.
At one point I made a friend. I was moving slowly enough that it didn’t seem to bother this guy at all that the leg he/she/it had grabbed on to was actually, well, walking. Still, I decided to sit down until it flew away.
Corvus factoid: the hibiscus is my favorite flower. Blame it on a short stint as an island girl in my youth.
I love that little curled-up tongue.
And I think I could sit and watch the butterflies emerge from their cocoons for hours. Overall, a nice way to spend a morning.