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Thursday, May 1, 2014

A Trip to Phipps

On Monday I decided to take a trip down to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.  My membership was due to expire on April 30, so I figured I had better get in one last trip before it did.  Plus the butterfly show just started and I was anxious to see my fluttering friends.

In the morning the boys asked me what my plans were for the day and when I told them, they both exclaimed "FIELD TRIP!"  Ah, no.  I don't think so.  :)  So I sent them off to school, agonized over which lens(es) to take, decided on just my 60mm macro, and off I went.

The place wasn't busy at all and it was a nice, quiet time away.  I was in a negative space kind of mood, which you will see by some of the photos I took.  :)



My first time through the butterfly room was a little disappointing.  There were only a few butterflies and most of them were too far away to photograph.  Except for these two swallowtails who must have been newly emerged.



I get the strangest looks when I get down on the ground to take pictures - like I did with these grape hyacinths.  :)  I added the sun flare, obviously.  I can never get sun flare like that.  :)


After going through the whole place, I made another swing through the butterfly room.  I was glad I did because one of the workers was releasing some butterflies from the "incubators" and I got to see this beauty.



On my way out I had to get down on the ground again for this shot.  I probably got some strange looks from the folks who were eating lunch nearby but I really didn't care.  :)

I did not renew my membership while I was there, but the next time I go, I will probably become a member again.  It is just a really nice place to go and relax with my camera.

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Tamar SB said...

These are beyond stunning, Kimberly! I just love botanical gardens - glad you got a chance to go out!

Kim Cunningham said...

These are so beautiful! I love that you can see the proboscis on the butterflies! Your macros are to die for! The fern is amazing! Thank you for joining LTT today!

Mitzi said...

These images are so stunning and beautiful. I get looks too when I get down on the ground to get a good shot from a different perspective. I just kind of chuckle to myself when it happens.

Rainey said...

These are so gorgeous, Kim! I love the butterflies.

tiarastantrums said...

looks like you picked the perfect day to end your membership with!