Springtime reminds us that, in the cycle of life and death, there’s renewal and regeneration after the long, dark winter. One of my favorite symbols and reminders of springtime is the butterfly. On this Easter weekend, as we celebrate resurrection and renewal, I offer you this image of a butterfly that I captured at Arcosanti a couple of weeks ago. I believe he was on the payroll at Arcosanti, because he was an excellent model, pausing on each flower and spreading his wings wide for those of us who were lucky enough to be standing close by with a camera. Not much processing here, I just added a rough frame to the JPG in Paintshop Pro X3 to soften the edges a little.
Today, Andy and I spent several hours at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. Of course, I have a ton of pictures to sort through and process (156 to be exact), and I’ll be sharing some of those later. Part of our tour was through the Butterfly Pavilion, where we were able to see around twelve species of butterflies and moths up close, including the luna moth. However, none of the butterfly shots that I got in the pavilion were even close to the one from Arcosanti, which was a little disappointing, but I did capture some great images of some of the desert flora that’s blooming right now. If you have never visited Desert Botanical Garden, I highly recommend it. This was our first time there, and I will definitely go back–I especially want to visit there at night with my tripod.