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Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco [20131230|23:00]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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During my recent trip to San Francisco, [personal profile] emelbe kindly took me on extensive tours of the Conservatory of Flowers and the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. This set of photos was taken in the former (all shot with a 100 mm macro lens wide open at f/2.8).

[Image of hanging flowers framed by a circular wooden screen.]

[Image of vibrant reddish pink orchids with tentacular petals.]

[Image of sunbathing tortoise with raised head and one foot elegantly extended.]

[Image of orange butterflies clustered on a feeder perched on a wrought iron chair.]

[Image similar to above, but close-up.]

[Image of a black butterfly with white stripes spreading its wings.]

[Image of a newly emerged orange butterfly drying its wings, perching near rows of pupae.]

2/52: Hatchling
[Image of a freshly hatched black and white butterfly drying its wings.]

[Image of a black and white butterfly sipping from a poinsettia.]

[Image of the beautiful Victorian-style white domes of the conservatory exterior.]

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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2013-12-31 03:28 (UTC)
I love all the butterfly shots!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-12-31 11:09 (UTC)
Thank you! I was very excited to use my favourite lens with my new dSLR on such beautiful subjects.
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[User Picture]From: dangermouse72
2013-12-31 09:20 (UTC)
I'm not a lepidopterist , but I wish I were, sometimes.

I love these photos.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2013-12-31 11:10 (UTC)
I wanted to be an entomologist at one point during my trajectory toward a career in science.

Thank you! It was so exciting to be able to use my new dSLR on its first outing at this location.
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[User Picture]From: dangermouse72
2014-01-01 09:02 (UTC)
You took some great shots.

Unless you got lucky I bet you had loads of opportunities to take a shot, and then they flew off..
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[User Picture]From: dangermouse72
2014-01-01 09:03 (UTC)
Have you thought about trying to identify them?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-01-02 20:38 (UTC)
I remember there were lists on signposts inside the conservatory, but I didn't stop to read them. Too busy chasing butterflies!
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[User Picture]From: againstathorn
2013-12-31 11:35 (UTC)
Great photos! I love those butterflies! :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-01-02 20:39 (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, me too. I took a ridiculous number of shots trying to capture them. Fortunately I've also cultivated a certain ruthlessness about deleting as I shoot.
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