"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!
Question Mark Common Checkered Skipper Great Southern White Cecropia Moth Orange Sulphur Monarch Viceroy Luna Moth Julia Great Southern White
Buckeye -Carly Butterfly Circus Conservatory Of Flowers Golden Gate Park San Francisco, California Spring, 2008 Afternoon