Last weekend we decided to visit the Butterflies Go Free exhibition at the Botanical Gardens of Montreal. Our daughter Ellie really enjoyed it, although having a butterfly land on her arm was a bit too much for her! The exposition is situated in the green houses of the botanical gardens and therefore, on our way there, we also had the chance of seeing some exotic flowers, plants and trees. Here are my favorite pics from this really enjoyable visit!
Camera configuration: Nikon D800 equipped with a 24-70 mm f/2.8 Nikon lens.
Welcome to the jungle!
Exotic plants and flowers…
Just like in Mexico!
Black bamboo; I had never seen this kind.
There was a whole section dedicated to bonsai trees which I found really interesting. A colleague of mine told me that in China, they often combine these trees with miniature figurines in order to re-create a scene and tell a story. Sadly, only two bonsais were ornamented with such figurines such as the following one with a small monk-like figure… Anyhow, I just love how these pictures turned-out!
And now for the butterflies!
The elusive Blue morpho! For some reason, these butterflies would never lie still… and I really wanted to picture one since their wings are a classic example of natural iridescence, that is a change in color as a function of the observation angle. In this case, a color shift from blue to purple. I was lucky to spot one on my way out that had finally landed for a few minutes; even luckier since it was on a yellow background which nicely complements (complementary colors in additive color mixing) the morpho’s iridescent blue!