Flowers & butterflies in Williamsburg

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I finally uploaded the pictures to my Flicker account and you are welcome to browse anytime as all the photos are public.  I haven’t quite had the time to organize them under an album yet but they are there for sharing.

I got lucky with most of these shots although for every one you see, I probably discarded or deleted another one or two.  This is what I don’t get from the iPhone — a real tight macro shot and crisp photos even when the subject is in motion.  I guess you can say my camera and I are back together again.  I’m trying to plan a trip to Central Park one of these days, or before the summer is over.  Unfortunately for me, I just discovered that the Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History finished it’s run this June.

Flowers and Butterflies

There were so many butterflies that I manages some doubles — and there were quite a few.  The two shots here were taken at Busch Gardens (somewhere by France).

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The most striking, though, were the close ups of the beautiful butterflies.  The one above, though, was at the North Garden of the Governor’s Palace in Colonial Williamsburg.

I even spied one or two which had damaged wings but which flew about from flower to flower with no worries or cares.  A simple reminder that no matter how your wings may get clipped or damaged, life goes on.
Flowers and Butterflies

I hope you enjoyed my photos.  I am going to use these in my ongoing Thank You Postcard Project (which, by the way, has it’s own blog.  Click on the link and it’ll take you to “The Project” page.)  And of course, a couple will land on my Instagram feed.

Just trying to spread the love and the wonders of nature… More about our vacation in Williamsburg coming soon.

Reconciling with my camera

I used to carry this camera (Fujifilm FinePix S2950 14 MP Digital Camera with Fujinon 18x Wide Angle Optical Zoom Lens and 3-Inch LCD) everyday everywhere I went.  It was one reason my purse was always bulky, but I liked it that way. You can literally say my camera and I were joined at the hip. I wanted to be ready in case I came across something snap-worthy.

Well, until my iPhone got my full attention and I decided to leave the camera behind at home.  I still used it, but trying to take pictures with the iphone and lugging a DSLR-like (but not quite) camera was too much except for those special trips where I thought it might come in handy.  I know that most iPhone users will agree that for all the versatility of the iPhone, it still leaves much to be desired when there is a serious photograph to be taken. I am not quite that attached to my iPhone to invest in a gadget to enhance my photography experience just yet.

I purposely prepared to take it to this previous week’s trip to Williamsburg because I figured there would be scenery to capture and I wanted to use it again.  And am I glad I did.

It seems like it was that time of the year when the flowers in full bloom were polinating and the butterflies were aplenty in the gardens that surrounded us like this one located in Busch Gardens.

Flowers and Butterflies

But it wasn’t the garden which was enchanting but rather the many butterflies flitting from one flower to another.  There were so many swallowtails like the one below which were busy doing their  thing to make sure the circle of life goes on.

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There were even so many of them that I was able to take several shots of pairs of them flying close to each other.
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It wasn’t so much the scenery but I was captivated by these gorgeous butterflies.  I first spied them at the Governor’s Palace in Colonial Williamsburg.  It’s a little tricky uploading them but I will do as much as I can.

I’ve made a promise to take the camera with me everywhere I go again, hoping to see more of these lucky shots. I’ve missed those crisp shots and my favorite macro angles. We have more pictures to take together.

Sunrise

I start my mornings earlier now and often end up at the bus stop really, really early that I catch the sun rising slowly as it opens another day.  I was grateful to see the blue skies above and not the glum grey we had with the rain.

I am so looking forward to next week when Angelo and I start a journey a week ahead of Alan and my mother-in-law.  I am in the midst of packing and ticking off a mental checklist of things I want to do.  Mostly, I just want to spend time with my family.

I want to eat “taho” in the morning, walk the familiar sidewalks of Greenhills.  Smell the polluted air of EDSA.  Walk the dirty streets of Divisoria and Quiapo.

My camera which is all banged up is probably making one of its last trips.  I was seriously considering getting a new one — it’s  battery case cover keeps popping open, and the cover for the camera card slot has split into two.  (I did manage to repair it with some superglue.)  This camera has been with me to Paris, Belgium and Manila several times.  For as long as it works, I think I’m going to keep it.