Bougainvillea Butterflies

I flew into Costa Rica a day early, so I could be there when my tour participants arrived. This year we were back at the Hotel Bougainvillea, my favorite place to stay near San Jose…mainly because of its amazing gardens…acres of mature gardens with a huge variety of plants, birds, and butterflies. The rains that filled our first two days of the tour did not start until that evening, so I had a sunny afternoon in the garden to photograph the many butterflies that are attracted to one particular patch of flowers. Here we have the Orange-tip, a Zebra Longwing (Heliconius), Crimson Patch, Julia Longwing, Banded Peacock, and Banner Metalmark…and they were all within a few feet of each other. I literally stood in one spot and photographed all but the Crimson Patch. (Does anyone know why this is not the Orange Patch? I tried to look it up this morning but could find nothing.) Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. All but the Crimson Patch at ISO 100, that at ISO 250. All at f4. 1/500th, 1/640, and 1/1000th.


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    teresa January 8, 2022

    “I latterly stood in one spot and photographed all but the Crimson Patch” WOW!! Very beautiful.

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      lightshedder January 8, 2022

      Good catch. Spell checker strikes again. 🙂

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    Antoinette Nelson January 8, 2022


    These pictures are just breath taking, my daughter Teresa, sent these to me. How appropriate as I look out the window to fourteen inches of snow. What a pick me up. Thank you.

    Toni Nelson

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