Summer butterflies

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This set of photos are from the Museum of Natural History in Santa Barbara, CA. There is a wide range of butterflies here including the Anartia jatrophae aka White Peacock. This is a very territorial species with a beautiful rustic pattern and eye spots.

Title: White peacock butterfly
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 2x diopter


This is the Heliconius charithonia aka Zebra Longwing shown from the front, displaying it’s very wide wing span. This butterfly is unique in that pollen enables them to be toxic to certain predators.

Title: Heliconius charithonia butterfly
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 2x diopter


The Papilio cresphontes aka Giant Swallowtail is one of the more unique species of butterfly. The color scheme of this one is mostly yellow and black but if you look closely you can also see some red and green’s.

Title: Giant Swallowtail butterfly
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 2x diopter


The Papilio cresphontes from the side showing it’s unique wing ridge pattern. These butterflies are quite vibrant especially while pollinating lavender.

Title: Papilio swallowtail butterfly
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4 2x diopter

Butterflies Alive


These photos were taken in Santa Barbara, CA at the Museum of Natural History. This butterfly is the Junonia coenia and is found most commonly in southern Canada and most of the United States. It has a bold eyespot pattern on the upper wings which makes it stand out among the rest, giving this butterfly the nickname Buckeye.

Title: Buckeye butterfly on a pink flower
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This butterfly is the Dryas iulia, sometimes referred to as The Flame and is extremely vibrant with an orange glow. This species is native to Brazil and is quite popular in butterfly houses due to the fact that it is very active. It also catches the eye easily.

Title: Julia Butterfly
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


One of the most beautiful butterflies at the museum was the Papilio cresphontes aka The Giant Swallowtail, often found in forests and citrus orchards around the southwestern United States. It has a very distinctive wing pattern that makes it one of the most memorable butterflies.

Title: Wings of a Giant Swallowtail butterfly
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The Heliconius charithonia aka Zebra Longwing is actually not native to California and is most commonly found in South America and Florida. It was a treat to see this butterfly since it has very long wings along with a black and white stripe pattern that is there to warn off predators.

Title: Zebra Longwing butterfly
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4

Sandy hook seashore


This photo was taken south of Fort Hancock in Sandy Hook, New Jersey. The beach offers an amazing view of downtown Manhattan, with the newly constructed World Trade Center as the centerpiece.

Title: Distant Manhattan skyline
Location: Sandy Hook, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The beach in Sandy Hook has many shrubs and tall grass that make it seem more like a meadow than the shore. This type of landscape makes the New Jersey beaches very unique.

Title: Sandy hook seascape
Location: Sandy Hook, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


There is a lot of space on the beach in late spring however during certain summer days it can be at full capacity with very little room to sit. This day was fairly empty due to colder weather which offered a nice clean view.

Title: Jersey seashore
Location: Sandy Hook, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The clouds were very whispy on this day considering it was quite windy. Unfortunately the water was still very cold but it was quite peaceful with tiny waves crashing on the pebbles.

Title: Peaceful sea
Location: Sandy Hook, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4

Walk in the New Jersey woods


These photos were taken in Central New Jersey after a heavy rainfall, sporuting many new vibrat plants. This group of little lavender flowers stands out in the green grass of someones yard.

Title: Small lavender flowers
Location: Edison, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The duality of the forest is life and death, the latter being what this photo displays. This brown leaf stood out because it was quite large compared to the rest of the foliage.

Title: Fallen foliage
Location: Edison, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This fungus was discovered growing on a row of trees that looked like they had fallen recently. Nature takes over fast, especially after a heavy rainstorm.

Title: Fungus
Location: Edison, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Along a shadowed path I found a cluster of fungus growing on more fallen trees, which was pretty vibrant even during a cloudy day.

Title: Mushrooms on a fallen tree
Location: Edison, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4

Grounds For Sculpture


These pictures were taken at Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey. Grounds for Sculpture is a 42 acre sculpture garden that promotes the understanding of contemporary art. Above is one of the first pieces of art you see when entering, which signifies the entrance to the vast garden of art that someone is soon to experience.

Title: At the beginning
Location: Hamilton, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Grounds for sculpture not only allows, but encourages photography of various sculptures like this one, which incorporates nature with wood and stone to show that shade is solidarity.

Title: It doesn’t matter which way you go
Location: Hamilton, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Perched on a hill, this sculpture stood out among the vibrant trees and blue sky, showing that something so simple can be quite the eye catcher.

Title: In shadow
Location: Hamilton, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This sculpture is an interesting piece on the lake which uses rocks as a barrier with a window in the middle looking out to the quaint homes on the water.

Title: Home
Location: Hamilton, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4

Fort Hancock Sandy Hook


These photos were taken at Fort Hancock in Sandy Hook, New Jersey. It is located on the tip of a peninsula roughly 20 miles south of Manhattan, New York. This structure, Battery Potter is unique in that it was the first disappearing gun battery constructed in 1890 and it’s quite amazing how well this building has stood up to the test of time. Another interesting fact is how this fort was meant to defend the entire New York City area.

Title: Battery Potter
Location: Sandy Hook, NJ
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The decay here indicates how much nature has taken over, but rewind 100 years in the past and these rails were used to transport ammunition and weapons to loading areas. Now it’s a sanctuary for wild animals and tourists alike.

Title: Abandoned stairway
Location: Sandy Hook, NJ
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This is one of the two lighthouses in Sandy Hook and it was once a beacon of light for many ships sailing into the Lower New York Bay. Now the lighthouse stands tall among the trees and shrubs guiding visitors to a nice slice of history.

Title: Sandy Hook lighthouse
Location: Sandy Hook, NJ
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


A look into the abyss is actually a mortar battery at Fort Hancock, and interesting enough, there is a nude beach just north of this area. Some could say this wall is the last defense to the free world, no pun intended. Inside the battery is a hollow open air room that reverberates every step taken, echoing throughout.

Title: Mortar battery
Location:Sandy Hook, NJ
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4