Julia Heliconian Photos
Monday, February 27, 2006
Hiding Heliconian in a Strawberry Tree
This guy thought he had a good hiding place. And actually, he did. I was impressed by how his wings blended with the angle of the leaves. Fortunately, I found him anyway.
Monday, November 21, 2005
Another point of view
Like yesterday this is another image that was taken at the same time as a completely different looking shot of a similar subject. Although in this case it is not the exact same subject, you can see that changing only the angle and the view in the background give them a completely different feel.
Thursday, September 15, 2005
The filters I use to take my close-ups are a combination
of several lenses. This particular combination gives
me an extremely low aperture, so there is only
a very specific distance that is in focus.
In this case only a couple of millimeters.
The effect ends up looking like a painting, especially when enlarged.
Thursday, September 8, 2005
Yesterday I went back to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
It is almost the end of the butterfly season there. Each year for the
past few years they have had a live butterfly exhibit called
"Butterflies Alive". Something that is done other places too, but from
what I have seen their exhibit is particularly nice.
In addition to getting some shots I am very happy with, I was finally able to identify this guy. He is from Texas or Northern Mexico. And, I found out that it was not that they are not documented well online, it is just that I did not recognize the images on the butterfly sites. Most of the images are taken with the wings stretched out making them look more of a classic butterfly shape. But, with the exception of a few basking in the sun, they seem to rarely hold their wings that way. They have a more stealth appearance in real life.
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
At one point I knew what kind of butterfly this was. But it's name escapes me at the moment. And, if you have ever searched the Internet for butterflies you know there are about a million different kinds which makes identification a bit difficult.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Natural History on the Wing
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History has a wonderful exhibit right now called "Butterflies Alive". It is basically a giant tent with thousands of live butterflies in it that you can actually walk through. It's really a great experience!