It would not be summer without a trip to Brookside Gardens to see their "Wings of Fancy" butterfly show. It is a photograper's dream to see so many of these beautiful creatures all in one place. Here is a sampling from this year's show.
This one is called an American Painted Lady.
This is a Buckeye.
A slightly different view of a Tiger Swallowtail.
This one is called a New Guinea Birdwing. You really have to see it in person to appreciate its neon green and yellow markings, it is unbelieveable. While chasing this one around, I was lucky enough to get two for the price of one, but I'm afraid I don't know what speceices the black and white one is.
Last but not least, here's my attempt at capturing two Queen butterflies in flight.
I say "last" but in reality I have plenty more photos from this excursion and I will probably go back again before the summer is over. I'm lucky that its only 10 minutes from where I live, but for those of you who live in the DC area, its worth a trip out to the suburbs to experience this for yourself.
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