Smithsonian’s Natural { and living} History

I’ve been trying to get the kids and I into DC all summer. Somehow, though, the mornings lazily elapse and the afternoons draw too quickly near.

I decided in one of my 10 p.m. thought epiphanies that I could recruit Oma on a Friday for an excursion into “the city.” She accepted, and so I forced the kids into following through with their bedtime at a decent (albeit late) hour.

Having just watched “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” I had this overwhelming desire to visit the Museum of Natural History. I swear there are subliminal messages in that movie…

We were pegged immediately as tourists coming out of the Metro by a well-meaning docent who offered us a map and directed us to our destination just across the impressively near-empty Mall. We posed for the “don’t we look like tourists for real” pictures with our open map and pointing hands and walked on.

It was then that I saw it: a huge billboard advertising a special exhibit of butterflies. Fortuitous, I tell you.

Butterflies + Plants: Partners in Evolution
The Butterfly Pavilion
prices per ticket:
Adults $6
Seniors $5.50 (60+)
Children $5 (2 to 12)
Members $5

We stood in the long line (which moves once every fifteen minutes when groups are permitted entry) waiting patiently for our turn- except for Ya, who was acting every bit terrible two.

It was so very, very worth the wait.


Today is the Day

After a brief orientation that warned us not to touch the butterflies (though they willingly land on visitors indiscriminately), we were let into a butterfly and moth paradise.

I swear that both I and my Macro lens-adorned Cam were in absolute heaven on earth.
flutter 1flutter 2flutter 3
I lingered, idled, and loitered in the butterfly and moth haven (moths, by the way, are just as pretty as butterflies but most are a bit more fuzzy on the belly – they get a bad wrap). My traveling crew left me in the misted, warm space, and moved on through the museum. But I just had to photograph every butterfly on the identification chart – – I had to.

red flower flutter

I think this lovely creature on the red flower was my favorite picture in my series, though close-up, they all kind of lose some beauty points.

grey flutter


I wonder… is there a spot like this for dragonflies? Oh to be able to shoot them without the hunt!

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Comments

  1. Wow! I love you macro photography as that is an interest of mine ad well. Beautiful photographs and fun dialogue. Your children are darling as well :-). I’m so glad I took the challenge to look at new blogs and leave a comment, lucky to have picked yours.

  2. PS. I noticed, after pushing post, it looks like I can’t spell. Too early in the morning to be leaving comments and fighting with the iPad keyboard 🙂

  3. WOW – these are so beautiful.

  4. I would love to go back to our butterfly world with my camera – not sure if I could persuade the rest of the clan to come too – too far to travel unless it’s a family day out. I love those macros – the butterflies were very obliging to your lens and you didn’t steam up either.

  5. Oh these are so great! I went to a butterly house last spring at the Houston rodeo and livestock show of all places, and thought I might need a paper sack! haha

  6. very nice what macro do you have?

  7. These are amazingly beautiful! I am so inspired to take a macro lens for a test-drive!

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