Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Butterfly Gallery Of 2008

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must also have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."

-Hans Christian Anderson

Here is a compilation of my favorite butterfly photographs from 2008. I love photographing butterflies, because they have taught me so much about lighting and instinct and most of all patience. Every year, I wish for the same goal to finally be realized. I want to photograph the Mission Blue butterfly, which is found only here in the Bay Area, Marin County, and the San Francisco Peninsula to be exact. It has been listed on the endangered species list for a number of years, but through some hard work and conservation, it has been making a comeback. Maybe this year I will finally find her. Marin... here I come. I have from March through May to locate the butterfly, then it will be gone for another year. With a little luck this will be the year. Cross your fingers for me!


Black Swallowtail

Question Mark

Common Checkered Skipper

Great Southern White

Cecropia Moth

Orange Sulphur



Luna Moth

Great Southern White

Butterfly Circus
Conservatory Of Flowers
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, California
Spring, 2008


gwenlyn said...

Stunning! What hope in these winter days...

fdtate said...

Beautiful :)

Wammy said...

Wow Carly, those are beautiful. What patience you must have! It must be wonderful to be able to find so many different species of butterflies. Maybe I should start looking for them in our yard and keep a running total of what we have. Good goal for me for the next year I think.