We’re at the butterfly show at the Cincinnati Krohn Conservatory. This year the butterflies are from Brazil.
We get our tickets inside a big white tent decorated with three large chandeliers made from recycled bottles and bubble wrap. I read in my pamphlet, “Making useful things from recycled materials is a popular art form in Brazil.”
We walk through the orchid room and past the window to the butterfly nursery. You can see a catepillar here,
and chrysalises waiting in a glass aquarium. When the butterflies hatch they will be moved to the main showroom.
These are a second kind of chrysalis hanging on a stick inside a glass aquarium.
We have to enter an airlock to get into the main show room. We go through one set of doors and wait until they close and then are allowed through the second set of doors into the room of butterflies. The Conservatory is being very careful not to allow the foreign butterflies into our environment.
We are now in a large greenhouse filled with plants native to Brazil, people of all ages milling about, and butterflies galore.
Orange-striped tiger ones,
red, black and white ones,
graceful orange ones,
and very large spotted ones. If you look closely there are actually two types of spotted ones here. The ones on the left are a beautiful blue when they spread their wings.
You can the blue here as the butterfly flaps its wings.
Children are running around with little foam pads trying to catch the butterflies.
Even the large ones will allow themselves to be held in this way.
Some butterflies are so friendly they land right on you. This blue one is attracted to my husband Mark’s shirt shortly after we enter the room.
My son attracted this large one. I’m not sure how I would feel about that. You might notice that the wing is torn. Although we were instructed to be gentle with the butterflies and allow them to walk onto our hands, or fingers, it is obvious that some of them did not fare well in this environment.
This woman catches one of the beautiful blue ones. These blue butterflies look magical as they flit about the room. They are very fast and look like shooting blue lights as they fly around. I desperately want to capture one with my camera.
Usually their wings are folded when they land and you can’t see the blue.
I need to photograph one in flight.
But they are fast little buggers and most of my photos look like this, only sans partial butterfly.
This is actually one of the better photos. You can see a whole butterfly even though it is blurry.
I stand still with my camera pointed in the direction where I see the blue butterflies and shoot aimlessly hoping one might pass through the view of my camera when I snap a shot.
This is an elusive butterfly. I decide to take a video, but quickly discover how loud the voices are in this greenhouse with children actively engaged in capturing butterflies.
Oh look. I almost got one.
I wish I knew the names of the beautiful butterflies I see, but alas, I don’t.
The lifespan of these colorful little creatures is quite short. They’re beautiful, but fragile.
People of all ages are charmed by them. This is my 20-year-old son.
I read in my pamphlet that the Conservatory held special photographing events before hours for an extra fee. Once again too late. The butterfly show closes this weekend.
I do the best I can to shoot around the people and above the noise,
and record these beautiful brief little lives for eternity.
14 thoughts on “Butterflies of Brazil —2011 Butterfly Show at the Krohn Conservatory”
I love butterfly houses, and you got some great shots, even of the elusive blue one. (My favorite is where the butterfly is in front of the red leaves).
Saved a picture of the butterfly bench. I am in a condo now with no work place and I gave my tools away, but I will make a bench like that someday.
They are so beautiful and so tempting to photograph —
and then they’re the very devil to try and catch in flight!
Frustrating as all get out —
But even though I usually get rid of bad photos, I couldn’t let go even of my pathetic glimpses.
You did a lot better than I did.
Sounds/looks like you had a terrific time. Enjoyed the pics!
I’ve never been to a butterfly house, but it looks like it would be a lot of fun! Very cool photos!
Wow, simply beautiful!
Really neat! I’m having the same problems with photographing the bees on my deck. I’ve changed my camera to a single focal point (center), put it on continous shoot, and next time will also try the sports mode since it’s designed for moving action.
Still, you got a number of very nice shots. It was fun to see how much your son enjoyed it too.
These are so different from the ones we have here. Thanks for sharing them, they are so pretty.
I love butterflies and thank you for your photographic captures!
I’ve always wanted to go to a Butterfly House. Just to walk around and photograph nature at its best! Awesome post and pictures.
This is an annual, I believe, show in Cincinnati. I don’t know if our zoo has a butterfly house or not. It’s fun.
Amazing… I think Butteflies are one of Natures Most marvelous creations as they make their Transformation….through their stages… wonderful pictures .. Thank you for sharing. x
You make me want to visit the butterfly house at our zoo!
hugs for the idea…and for sharing…beautiful butterflies…hugmamma. 🙂