Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Butterflies at Airlie Gardens

Monarch Butterfly

A place to visit in Wilmington is Airlie Gardens, one of the sites of the annual Azalea Queen festival in the spring. However by the time I showed up the first week of October, pretty much everything had gone by and the workers were starting to put up Christmas decorations (That drives me crazy! Thanksgiving is first; in fact, Halloween is before both of those holidays).

But the Butterfly House was in full swing with lots of Monarchs and Gulf Fritillaries. It made it quite easy to take snapshots as I wasn't chasing them across poison ivy infested fields.

Gulf Fritillary


Carolina said...

Beautiful butterflies. I love the light in both photos.

Dartford Warbler said...

I agree. The light illuminates the butterflies so well.

frayedattheedge said...

Brilliant butterfly photos!! There are Christmas adverts on tv and radio now, although we still have to celebrate Halloween and Bonfire Night (which commerates a failed attempt to blow up Parliament!!)

dinahmow said...

Yes, wonderful light in these. Straight out of the camera, or a little tweaking?

Anyes said...

Butterflies always seems so magical :-)

Karen said...

Carolina: That whole week was bright and sunny with no clouds. It made for a great week to take photographs.

DW: Thank you. The fact that they were captive in that little house made it a snap to take photos.

Anne: It drives me insane when they start putting out Christmas things in September. Is Bonfire Night the same as Guy Fawkes Day?

Di: A co-worker who has a DSLR with all the bells and whistles suggested a circular polarizer lens attachment which I now have. It makes the color pop and helps with contrast.

Anyes: I think so, too.