We recently went to the Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado for the first time. Hands down, the coolest part was the Wings of the Tropics exhibit, which is an indoor rain forest filled with a variety of butterflies.
As you can see from the photo below, it is incredibly wet in the exhibit. The heat and the humidity did a number on this Colorado native, but it was worth it to go on a butterfly hunt. I did, however, have to quickly tuck my camera under my shirt a few times to save it from the misters.
This is one of my favorite shots of the day because of the contrast between the in-focus butterfly and the bokeh background. The pinks and greens of the background also did a nice job complimenting the browns of the wings.
Here’s one of my other favorites, a blue morpho. Their wings are incredibly cool because, depending on which direction you’re looking at them, you see either a cool eye pattern or a radiant blue. I feel bad for this particular butterfly, though, due to the damage on its wing.
The fun part about butterflies is all their lovely patterns and the cool macro possibilities. The tough part about butterflies is that those critters sure don’t stay still for long. Fortunately, my camera has a continuous shot feature and my husband is a very patient guy.
It was a cool visit, though it’s the kind of place that’s really geared more toward kiddos than adults. Everyone can enjoy the indoor jungle, though. Definitely a neat experience to see so many butterflies flying around all in one spot.