Sunday, 17 June 2012

The Butterfly garden of Artis – The Zoo of Amsterdam

This is the second time we visit a butterfly garden. The first time was in Phuket, Thailand. You would expect that it would be better in such a tropical country but the Amsterdam butterfly garden had a lot more to offer. You could see butterflies everywhere and I had a great time trying to make sharp pictures. It was not always easy I have to admit. Did you know the most colourful butterflies are the most energetic? They never stopped flying and when they land on flowers, they are gone again before you aim your camera. Some butterflies were extremely beautiful with bleu wings but as soon as they landed, they closed their wings, so I could not take a picture of their bleu colours. It was like they were teasing me.

Dit is de tweede keer dat we een vlindertuin bezoeken. De eerste keer was in Phuket, Thailand. Je zou verwachten dat een vlindertuin in een tropisch land mooier is maar Amsterdam had veel meer te bieden. De vlinders waren alom tegenwoordig en ik had de tijd van mijn leven om te proberen scherpe foto’s te maken. Ik moet toegeven dat het niet altijd gemakkelijk was. Wist je dat de meest kleurrijke vlinders meer actiever zijn dan hun meer sobere soortgenoten? Ze stoppen bijna nooit met vliegen en als ze op een bloem landen, heb je net niet de tijd om je camera te richten. Enkele vlinders hadden prachtige blauwe vleugels maar deze sluiten ze als ze neerzitten. Als ze niet vliegen kan je dus geen foto nemen van hun blauwe vleugels. Het was net alsof ze mij constant uitdaagden.. 
 
Butterfly Garden Artis

Butterfly Garden Artis

Butterfly Garden Artis

Butterfly Garden Artis

Butterfly Garden Artis

Butterfly Garden Artis

Butterfly Garden Artis

Butterfly Garden Artis

Butterfly Garden Artis

Butterfly Garden Artis

Butterfly Garden Artis

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20 comments:

  1. Yes, I agree. Butterflies and birds are so difficult to capture, but you have done very well. Lovely photos.

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  2. Beautiful photos.
    Love butterflies. Don't see many of them around now, guess it's the cold weather.

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  3. Mooie foto's, ze zijn inderdaad erg beweeglijk om te fotograferen.

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  4. Superbes ces papillons!!! j'aime ++++ tes photos!!! bisousssssssss

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  5. The ones you did capture are beautiful.

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  6. What lovely butterflies and fantastic captures.It requires a great deal of patience to get images like these.

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  7. Flower, butterfly,
    butterfly, flower,
    flower, butterfly,
    butterfly, flower,
    .......
    they alternate,
    they change,
    they are a same identity.

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  8. How beautiful images of butterflies and flowers.
    Fortunately the butterflies were in place the moment that you got the picture taken.
    Gretings
    orvokki

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  9. Those butterflies are so beautiful n lovely...

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  10. What a beautiful place! Thank you so much for the tour.

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  11. Leuk te weten dat er een vlindertuin in Amsterdam is.
    Een geweldige uitdaging moet dat zijn!

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  12. A fantastic place to see such beauty close-up... wonderful pictures :^)

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  13. Leuke, mooie, geslaagde uitdaging, Filip !
    Lie(f)s.

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  14. These are absolutely lovely, and I have to agree from my single time at a butterfly garden that they are not easy to photograph. You have done a very nice job though. When I went the air was very moist also and my lens kept fogging up. Every time the butterfly came was just in conjunction with a totally fogged up lens. Lovely job though Fillip!

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  15. I have been to butterfly gardens several times, and you are right about the hard photography!!! One of them had a bowl of sugar water to dip your finger in, then he butterfly would stay on your hand and you could photograph it. Your pictures are MUCH better than mine came out!! It was also very hot and humid inside and not much light at all, like being in a jungle. Mine are not clear, bright, and sharp like yours are.

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  16. Gorgeous shots, Filip! I had no idea that there is a butterfly garden in Amsterdam! The other day I had a large, colorful one on my balcony but I did not try to fetch my cam as I knew by the time I would be back it would be gone and so I just enjoyed watching it! Christa

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  17. They are definitely not cooperative with me either! I love the brown/green on the vivid green leaves.

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  18. hey, I have been there too:-) very colourful place and your pictures are magnificent+full with colours!

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  19. Filip bedankt dat je mij hierop attent heeft gemaakt. Ik kende alleen nog de vlindertuin in Emmen en natuurlijk die in Phuket. Dus een aanrader om naar Artis te gaan. Heel herkenbaar wat je schrijft, Bijzonder de blauwe vlinders (blauwe morpho) zijn zo mooi maar inderdaad als de vliegen krij je ze niet goed te pakken en als ze dan eindelijk gaan zitten zijn hun vleugels niet meer open.
    Bedankt en fijn weekend, Dietmut

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