I generally don’t hold to superstitious beliefs, at least when it comes to numbers, but the third time definitely turned out to be the charm for Lael and I at the Pacific Science Center Butterfly Garden, as it was opened for the first time of our three visits this Fall. Good thing, too, as the weather definitely favored inside activities, and the Butterfly Garden seemed like the perfect antidote for a cold and gray Fall day.
Lael picked up some new skills since we were there last Spring. She picked up the identification guides and pointed out not only many flowers in the guide, but many of the butterflies, with a, “Look, Pahtah!” when she’d identified one. Each time I’d ask her what it’s name was, and she’d reply “I don’t read, Grandpa” in a rather dismissive tone, wondering how I could have forgotten so soon.
She’s even grown a little more patient, as she was actually willing to circle the garden twice as grandpa tried to capture the elusive perfect butterfly shot.
Although I’ll admit that I usually think of brilliant colors when I think of butterflies, as I was strangely attracted to several black and white butterflies I haven’t managed to get a good picture of before. Black is notoriously hard to get a correct exposure of, so I was happy with this shot of a Southeast Asian “Pink Rose, which struck me as a rather strange name for a black butterfly.
My favorite of the day, though was this Rice Paper, or Paper Kite, butterfly, also from Southeast Asia.
I didn’t remember seeing this butterfly before, and looking back over previous shots, I was unable to find a single shot of one. Considering their subtle beauty I would have been surprised if I’d missed seeing something this beautiful if it had been there before: