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September 28, 2010

A Lovely Autumn Day, part 2

Filed under: Photo assignments,Travel — Karma @ 11:19 pm
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Just down the road from Quonquont Farm is the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory.  I hadn’t been for several years, and I was looking forward to getting in there with my new camera and seeing what I could get for shots.  It proved to be more difficult than I expected.  The  light indoors in this place didn’t really allow for the super-fast shutter speeds I would have liked to use to take in all the gorgeous butterflies floating frenetically around the huge greenhouse.  I had to catch them mostly at rest.  One person who had no trouble at all finding butterflies at rest was my husband.  Remember the little teaser from yesterday?


This particular type of butterfly, which we learned was a rice paper butterfly, were attracted to my husband like dogs are attracted to stink!  We thought it had to be from the apple-smushing incident in the orchard – perhaps he had sprayed himself with sweet smelling apple juice and those butterflies were licking it up!  I left him several times to photograph other butterflies, each time I returned it seemed he had more clinging to him.  He said he counted nine at one point!  Doesn’t he look like Hermes, the winged messenger in that shot with his sandals?

Meghan wasn’t quite as successful at getting one to land on her, so she “borrowed” one from her dad for this shot:

Funny story about this picture: As I was taking the picture, another very colorful butterfly dive-bombed the shot, creating a blur of red and green across Meghan’s hair and neck.  I tried my darnedest to photoshop it out because I really liked this picture, but nothing I did looked right.  So I turned to an expert – someone who actually thinks photoshopping is fun!  Brian of FS Photography did a beautiful job fixing this up so that, in his words, you’d never know that there was a “camera hogging butterfly sneaking into the shot.”  Have a look over at Brian’s page if you haven’t recently – he just had some photos published in actual magazines!  Congrats, and thank you again, Brian!  I’ll post the original if anyone is interested in seeing what he was able to get rid of for me.  You know, I think I might like this shot of Meghan even better than the one I did for my portraiture assignment for Scott’s blog. 

On to the butterflies that I did manage to chase down for some pictures.  There were so many different varieties I really can’t remember their names, except for this first one, the blue morpho.  These beauties never stopped, and  I think the only reason I was able to get this picture, is because it is obviously an older, worse-for-wear butterfly.



I think that one above is called an “owl” butterfly.




I know this one’s a bit blurred, but I just loved the color, and it was the closest I came to stopping any action. 

In addition to all the butterflies, Magic Wings is also home to some other interesting creatures:

This is Akbar, the parrot.  In addition, there was also a variety of lizards, koi fish, tortoises, and some adorable little quail who ran freely around the place.  My pictures of them did not turn out well.

It was quite the lovely autumn day.  Ready to plan a fall road trip to my little corner of the world?  Let me know, maybe we can go take pictures together! 🙂

ETA: Michaela requested a look at the “before” picture of Meghan:


  1. Thanks so much for the plug K… It was a pleasure helping you out with the shot of Meghan, and I’m glad you got to use it… I don’t need to see the original though… lol… You sure did capture a great selection of shots too while you were there… and I know from experience that they don’t always comply when you’re trying to photograph them do they…

    Comment by FS Photography — September 29, 2010 @ 2:13 am | Reply

    • No, butterflies don’t comply very readily! If they did, I’d have dozens of blue morpho pictures beautifully focused; as it stands I have dozens of blue blurs flopping across my shots.

      Comment by Karma — September 29, 2010 @ 11:57 am | Reply

  2. Wow, what a lot of cool pictures! And yes, I was thinking of Hermes (though not remembering his name) as soon as I saw that picture. Too funny!! As great as all the butterflies are, I think the parrot is my favorite! He looks like he is posing. And great job with the Photoshopping, Brian! I never would have known. 🙂

    Comment by Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) — September 29, 2010 @ 9:13 am | Reply

    • Thanks! Yeah, I was pretty pleased with the parrot. He was one of the few subjects that day who didn’t seem to mind having the camera pointed at him!

      Comment by Karma — September 29, 2010 @ 11:59 am | Reply

  3. Heaven! 🙂 About 4 years ago, we went to the Butterfly House in St. Louis, Missouri and I had such a great time there!!
    There’s actually some kind of butterfly thing in Dallas, but a frined told me that there were lots of mosquitoes in there, too. Yuck! That’s the ONLY reason why I haven’t dragged the family there (yet!) Maybe when it gets cool enough for long sleeves, I’ll brave it.

    These are gorgeous shots, and what a funny story about your husband! 🙂 You were sooo lucky to catch that blue morph with open wings! They like to close them when they sit and rest.

    Comment by thedailyclick — September 29, 2010 @ 7:26 pm | Reply

    • Oh, and I would love to see the original shot of Meghan!

      Comment by thedailyclick — September 29, 2010 @ 7:27 pm | Reply

      • Thanks, Michaela. I will get that other shot posted – just not tonight. It’s getting late and I should really go to bed soon!

        Comment by Karma — September 29, 2010 @ 10:49 pm

  4. We went to Magic Wings before Casey was in school. It was the dead of winter but so warm and tropical inside. The butterflies are so beautiful!

    Comment by Becky Sue — September 30, 2010 @ 1:51 pm | Reply

    • It really is a great place! Maybe we should have a “girls day” sometime and go there and hit Yankee Candle afterwards!

      Comment by Karma — September 30, 2010 @ 7:20 pm | Reply

  5. Lovely pictures. I like Meghans and Hermes’ images. They are special.

    Comment by Carsten — September 30, 2010 @ 4:23 pm | Reply

    • Hi Carsten – thanks! Although I’ve got a portrait here, did you know this isn’t my “official” portrait assignment for Scott Thomas?

      Comment by Karma — September 30, 2010 @ 7:19 pm | Reply

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