Saturday, April 14, 2012

Saturday Snapshot: Spring at the Desert Botanical Garden

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One of the best things about spring here in the Phoenix area is being able to visit the Butterfly Pavilion at the Desert Botanical Garden. It's easy to wear out a set of camera batteries in that one area alone, but when you begin wandering the paths of the garden and see all the critters as well as all the cacti and wildflowers blooming, well... you'd best be carrying more than one set of batteries-- and a spare memory card, too!  As you can see, I found a show-off that just begged to have me take its picture. How could I say no?  (Click the photo if you'd like to see it in a larger size.)


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    1. See? There was no way I could say no!

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  2. Butterflies never cease to amaze me with their beauty. Great shot!

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    1. I love butterflies, even though they can be extremely difficult to photograph.

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  3. Lovely photo, it really looks great.
    We visited the butterfly pavillion at the San Diego Wild Animal Park last april, and it was so much fun. And, as you said, you need your batteries and extra memory card :-)

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  4. We visited the Desert Botanical Garden on our trip. What a wonderful place and I know that it is even prettier now. What a treat!

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    1. Denis and I love going there. One time we had a coyote pup following us around-- although it did believe it was hidden from our view!

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  5. Lovely shot. Visiting Butterfly Gardens scare me in case one escapes or gets stepped on! LOL.

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    1. Ours always seems to be well attended by schoolchildren, and I'm always impressed that they're so well-behaved in there.

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  6. What a show off indeed! Do you know what sort of butterfly that is? I love the pink flowers in the background too- so vibrant. I love visiting butterfly houses too.

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    1. It's a Giant Swallowtail, Louise. Gorgeous, isn't it?

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  7. Wow, what a fabulous photo! You need to frame it!

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    1. It's wallpaper for my computer instead, Kathy!

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  8. I love butterflies and this one is amazing!

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    1. Swallowtails always seem to have that WOW factor.

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  9. Gorgeous photo! We've gone to butterfly conservatories and we get excellent photos there. Alas my great niece didn't enjoy the experience so much since there were so many and she didn't like them flying toward her face. The butterflies will perch anywhere.

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    1. Once when we went with a friend, the butterflies were attracted to her blazingly white hair! LOL

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  10. Awesome! Nothing says spring quite like gorgeous butterflies, and this one is really strutting its stuff. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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  11. That is gorgeous - what beautiful colors!

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    1. Best time to visit the DBG is now!

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  12. What a considerate butterfly to pose for you!

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  13. Wow! What a beauty! The gardens look spectacular too!

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    1. They are, and it's amazing the wildlife that lives there even though it's in the middle of one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country!

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    1. Thanks! It's a wonderful time of the year.

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  15. Beautiful, one of Gods most beautiful creations. Thanks.

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    1. Some cultures believe butterflies are the souls of the departed. What a beautiful thought!

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  16. Those colors are gorgeous - both the butterfly and the flowers!

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  17. Absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing this photo with us!

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    1. You're welcome. Glad you enjoyed it!

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  18. The swallowtails are always so cooperative and such beautiful subjects.

    I know what you mean about taking lots of pictures. I took 328 yesterday on a 2 hour walk!

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    1. It sounds as though you and I could keep the photography business in the black all by ourselves, Leslie!

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    2. Yeah, I bet we could. My secret to getting good shots is to take a lot of them and delete the bad ones!

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    3. Gee, that's my secret, too!

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  19. How did you ever get close enough to capture this? It is stunning!

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    1. That was the least skittish butterfly it's ever been my fortune to run across!

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  20. Those colors really wow me. Stunning. Here's Mine

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  21. That's a great shot! I struggle with close-ups like that -- either the butterfly moves or I do!

    Here's my snapshot.

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    1. Butterflies can be very difficult to photograph, Lisa. All I can ever do is not give up!

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    2. Cathy - That 'photo is stunning. Just. Stunning.

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  22. Beautiful!! Love the yellow and black, and then the little dashes of orange and blue at the bottom!

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    1. Yes, that is definitely one gorgeous butterfly!

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  23. Wow that's an amazing photo! I love the purple flowers in the background. Also, thanks for stopping by my blog on Saturday. And, just so you know, the birding camp is for adults, so you're not too old!

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    1. Thanks for letting me know! As for being too old... I think I'm already in my third childhood, so I may be too young! LOL

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