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.

Into the jungle
Welcome to the jungle!

Exotic plants and flowers…



Welcome to Mexico

Just like in Mexico!

Green explosion


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!


Red bonsai

And now for the butterflies!

Tailed jay

Tailed jay

Humm orange

African monarch

African monarch

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!



  1. cristal
    April 22, 2013

    wow!!!!!! these pics are phenomenal. I have never been to the butterfly exhibit, but I have been wanting to go for a long time!

    • billscom
      April 28, 2013

      Thanks Cristal! You should definitely go next year; it’s really fun exhibit 🙂


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