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14-JUL-2004 Ron Lutz II


Phipps Conservatory

At lunch today I went over to Phipps to see what I could find. The last time I was there, the butterfly forest exhibit had just opened. That was a while ago and now the place is FULL of butterflies!!! What fun! I just wish people would STOP letting their children touch them! Grrrrrr….

Canon EOS 10D ,Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
1/500s f/4.0 at 200.0mm iso100 full exif

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JW26-Mar-2006 18:56
Stunning use of colour, DOF and composition.
Karen Moen17-Mar-2006 00:55
Beautiful color. The flower and the butterfly have coordinating colors. Nice color in the background. Voted.
DAD 13-Nov-2004 19:17
Print this 7x11 Hope this is not to many??
roberta17-Jul-2004 20:41
Stunning image. It's quite beautiful. Excellent composition and contrasting colors. I like the slight motion of the wings with the sharp flower. Roberta
Guest 16-Jul-2004 01:02
Always educational...and passionate. good Points...except you are assuming the parents are aware of all of those facts. Well, Now they are anyways.
Ron Lutz II15-Jul-2004 20:32
The wings of a butterfly are extremely delicate. They are covered with very fine, colored scales that if touched, come off. When these scales come off the butterfly can no longer fly and is crippled. A crippled butterfly dies. The conservatory has this show so that all people may come and enjoy seeing these creatures flying around and feeding on flowers up close. When I see children being allowed to handle them in indelicate ways it tends to make me upset. As far as I am concerned it’s just bad manners and shows a lack of respect for living beings. They’re not there to be used as play toys. A lack of respect for nature in this setting is usually amplified in a natural one. I mean, if it’s OK to maim a butterfly here; why would it not be OK in a wild field where the butterfly in question may be rare or almost extinct? What I see is not the fault of the children but one of a parent who is not teaching the children how to treat living creatures with respect.
jypsee15-Jul-2004 19:55
Why should people stop their children from touching butterflies?? It's not like the butterflies are in some kind of endangered state in the controlled environment of a butterfly forest exhibit and if kids get the notion that these creatures are worth protecting in the wild (habitat restoration, etc.) then maybe their generation will do more about it from a sense of personal interaction with them.
Karthik Raja15-Jul-2004 16:59
Herb 15-Jul-2004 15:20
Great macro
Elizabeth Glass15-Jul-2004 14:39
Oh dear lord, this is the best butterfly picture I've ever seen. WOW!!!
Steve Whitlock15-Jul-2004 14:25
Beautiful color. Great dof and background. Well done.
Guest 15-Jul-2004 14:17
Great Macro - I lparticularly like the detail in the eye, and the soft lighting of the wings.
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