The Butterfly Place

My friend and I visited The Butterfly Place on Monday and left with a boatload of photos after wandering around in a leisurely fashion for 90 minutes. They have butterflies from every continent except the obvious one – a mite too chilly there. The best of my photos are below, presented in the order I took them. I’ve identified a few of the butterflies in the captions, and you can find many of the other names on their web site here.

All of these photos are 1920 x 1440, about half their original resolution. The only editing other than resizing that I did was some cropping on a handful and Photoshop’s auto-tone on most. Auto-tone automatically adjusts exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites, and blacks, and it’s usually the first thing I do to photos imported from my camera. It’s almost never a bad idea.

Click on any thumbnail below to enter the gallery, where you’ll see medium-sized images. To see or save any particular image in full size, click on this at the lower right – you may need to scroll down to see it:

A brief panoramic video of the flight area is at the end of this post.

A visit from the family

Back in July 2013, I took this photo of a rafter of turkeys at my office:

The hen and her eight poults (Click for a larger version)

Yesterday, what might well be the same family showed up, but there were ten instead of nine ’cause Pop was there this time:

I wonder, would a sourdough, boursin, and cranberry trap work? (Click for a larger version)

He paused about every sixth step to puff up and flash this display (Click for a larger version)