Monday, March 21, 2016

Butterflies in Winter

Costa Rican Clearwing (Greta oto)

It was very spring-ish here in Pennsylvania last week, 
but I was in Michigan 
and it was not very spring-ish there.  

Paper Kite (Idea leuconoe)

But I did find spring in wintry Michigan - 
at the Dow Gardens Butterflies in Bloom exhibit. 


It was toasty warm inside the butterfly house - 
no coats required.  
(But I did have to wait for my camera to defog from the cold.) 

Doris Longwing (Heliconis doris)

There were lots of varieties of butterflies...
more than I have ever seen.  

Postman (Heliconis erato)

Some butterflies were very friendly and others quite elusive.  

Postman (Heliconis erato)

It would be difficult to leave without 
having one land on you at some point.  
I had one on my head and one on my camera. 

Zebra Longwing (Heliconis charitonius)

Last night I was dreaming of spring 
and woke up to snow flurries on the ground.  
But Wednesday is lookin' good! 

The Dow Gardens 
1809 Eastman Ave. 
Midland, MI 

More photos from this set are here. 


19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Beautiful butterflies! Am in awe that they all posed for you:)
Would appreciate your continued presence on Seasons - it has grown week by week, and I cannot thank you enough for immediately jumping in when it started month ago. Would love to see one of these captures this week! Enjoy this week!

Tamar SB said...

These are so gorgeous!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for linking up, and being a part of SEASONS!
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Sandra said...

I have always wanted to go in a butterfly house and never have. i have had several sit on me in the back yard, and it is a wonderful feeling. we don't have one anywhere near here... that first photo is just AMAZING!!! i love it. and the one with the little girl is so beautiful

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Lovely series of images....thanks for sharing this!

Margaret Adamson said...

this must have been lovely to see especially whenthey landed on you. They are so beautiful

Ruth Rieckehoff said...

Totally love your photos. The details are incredible. I have always loved butterflies. Well, my blog's name is Tanama Tales. A tanama is a butterfly in the Taino language.

Laurie said...

Oh my goodness....beautiful butterflies and gorgeous photos of them!

Nora said...

oh what a wonderful posting, we have a butterfly place here but have not gone, now I want to go! You got great photos!

Chere Mama said...

I love the one of that sweet little girl looking so lovingly at that butterfly. A pretty moment captured!!!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

These are all such lovely photos! Butterflies are so amazing! I hope your snow melts soon! x K

jandi said...

amazing images! i love that clearwing butterfly! {via seasons}

NC Sue said...

They're all so beautiful.
Thank you for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/03/spring-has-finally-sprung.html

Sarah Huizenga said...

You missed Spring, it was the week before in Michigan. I missed it too since we were in the Caribbean :) Great butterfly exhibit. We have one near us at the Fredrick Meijer Gardens, it goes until the end of April. We are hoping for that return of spring, so we can do the outside gardens at the same time.

Kate said...

Beautiful butterflies! I am amazed that that landed on you...no better way to admire them, than close up!

bettyl-NZ said...

What great shots you got! The butterfly house nearest our house is nice but the 'landing places' for them are not easy to shoot.

Lisa Kerner said...

When we lived in Germany there was a butterfly house down the road from us. I loved going there in the deep of winter. I vividly remember stepping into the butterfly house and feeling overwhelmingly warm... ahhh. Lovely pictures, it took me right back to our adventures.

Lisa @ LTTL

Villrose said...

A great series!

Unknown said...

Love these images of our Butterflies in Bloom exhibit! Would you mind if we shared them on social media? info@dowgardens.org