Sunday, June 26, 2011

Why Did I Wear Blue Today?

Normally, what color I wear to the Detroit Zoo wouldn't matter. But today it seemed important to a large blue butterfly. The blue only shows when they land with their wings open, which is very rare.

I was sitting in the butterfly house ( which is in what was once the old bird house), with my husband between trying to get some images of the hundreds of butterflies flitting around us.

When a huge blue butterfly started to flit from my husband to me. He or she finally settled on my hand and proceeded to check me out with his/ her proboscis. (tongue). I sat there for about 15 to 20 minutes while the butterfly checked me out. It didn't hurt, but when the legs moved I felt the barbs.

Cathy @ Celtic Cat Photos 


  1. Gorgeous images! What lens did you use? I could almost feel the legs on me, as I read your description : )- Beautiful butterfly ...

  2. Oh, Cathy, what awesome shots and I completely agree with DogBreedz re: "feel the legs on me, etc."
    Have a great day filled with peace, Judi

  3. DogBreedz, my husband took them with a Pentax and a 28 to 300mm len.

    Thank You DogBreedz and Judi for stopping by!

  4. What a beautiful butterfly. I would have been totally mesmerized and missed the shot! Great work Cathy.

    Julie Magers Soulen Photography

  5. Thanks for the kind words, Julie. And thank you for stopping by!

  6. Awww, this must have been so much fun! How cool that the zoo has a butterfly house now~I do remember the aviary.