Callaway Gardens and Cecil Day Butterfly Center

Callaway Gardens Butterfly House

Butterflies make great subjects. They stay still for you, or at least, they land some place long enough for you to usually get a half way decent image. You can also be creative when shooting butterflies.  Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain Georgia has one of the best butterfly displays anywhere in the country.  They have over 1,000 butterflies and more than 50 different species that are free flying as you walk through a jungle like home, made just for the butterflies.  It covers about 4 1/2 acres with a waterfall and ceilings that go from 16 feet up to 42 feet in hieght.

The Cecil Day Butterfly Center in Callaway Gardens is a must see if you are going to be anywhere near the area.  I would recommend going during the week when it is a little quieter, and I would try to be there as early in the morning as possible, especially if you are interested in photograping the butterflies.

Using a flash will give you a nice blacked out background and using a small depth of field without a flash will give you some nice greens and solid colors. This image was taken in August at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia at the Cecil B Day Butterfly Center. Yes the same place that has the most beautiful golf courses also has butterflies.

Image Specifications

Body – Nikon n90s
Lens – Nikon 105mm Macro
Filter – Nikon No. 6T Closeup
Flash – Nikon Mount on a cable with a shade filter
Subject – Paper Kite Butterfly (Idea leuconoe) on a Candle Plant

Other Posts About the Paper Kite

There were a few other blog posts and images about the Paper Kite that I found. Such a beautiful butterfly, easy to get quality images, but not very many websites that showcase this little guy. Here are some: Rice paper Butterfly, Butterfly photos, Tree Nymph Butterfly.

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