Now we are inside the structure located in the foreground of my previous picture.
It's the "José Márcio Ayres Reserve", a complex of butterfly and hummingburd house, one of the largest of its kind in the world.
Leaning over the red flower you can see one of the honorable guests of the place, maybe getting ready for a snack.
It's a truly amazing experience to be there, because, depending on the time of the day you visit the place, you may be surrounded by dozens of butterflies and hummingbirds flying in all directions. In the end of the day (when I took this picture), the butterflies are preparing for rest, making the task of those who want to photograph them somewhat easier.
Here are the links for two videos (not mine) I found that give a good idea of how is the sensation of being there during the "rush hour" of the butterflies:
About the butterfly house:
(I’ve translated it from Portuguese, sorry for any mistakes)
With an approximate area of 1.400m², the José Márcio Ayres Reserve, named after a scientist, pioneer in the conservation of the Amazonia, has an annex where there are breed 18 species of butterflies of the Amazon Rainforest. Each month, about 4500 caterpillars are born. In their adult stage the butterflies are brought to the butterfly house, where they can be appreciated by the visitors.
Each morning, the caretakers replace the nectar in the fountain. And everyday 100 new butterflies are introduced in the space. The caretakers clean the annex, feed the caterpillars and hang all the chrysalides in the leaves. They also have to collect the eggs in the butterfly house.
The butterfly house also presents an exhibition with 400 stuffed butterflies. This collection shows to the public the varieties and peculiarities of the butterflies of the Amazon. The displays also show the complete life cycle of each species.
In addition to the multicolored insects, the annex also breeds the fruit fly (drosophila), that’s used as food by the hummingbird, which can also be found in the reserve. The hummingbird feeds of an artificial nectar (in fountains) and of flowers present in the place.
The reserve also has waterfalls, water mirrors and a lake that houses 15 native species of fish. The metallic structure is covered with a shade fabric that controls the intensity of natural light that enters the environment.
Sources: Myself and www.mangal.com.br/reserva.htm (or here)
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Docarmo (9767) 2010-05-30 21:07
Você caprichou no "bokeh". Está um show! As cores e a luz estão muito vivas, a nitidez perfeita.
Vi os vídeos, muito interessante, mas não para mim... Ainda bem que tem o TE para eu poder ver bem de longe ;-)
siamesa (28127) 2010-05-30 22:04
A flor parece saltar da tela.Belíssima. Vi um dia, na floresta Amazônica, uma borboleta azul enorme.Tinha reflexos dourados e o azul era quase surreal. Não consegui fotografar, lamentavelmente.
danyy (0) 2010-05-30 22:52
ils ont autant leur place dans cette serre que sur la photo ces papillons bien colorés. Une profondeur de champ que j'aurais tenté de réduire encore un peu.
BeBeHooker (0) 2010-05-31 0:23
Nice flower, amazing butterfly, nice light and colors, superb capture, perfect contrast and sharpness, very fine focus. Good frame.
Silvio1953 (154173) 2010-05-31 2:09
Ciao Andre, wonderful butterfly on a beautiful flower, fantastic colors, splendid blurry BG, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2010-05-31 3:20
nice shot describing the beauty of the butterfly and the flower. Very good use of light and superb depth. Like the blurred background which emphasised the beauty of main object. Very well composed shot. Tfs.
oncel (1407) 2010-05-31 4:42
Great macro photo, Butterfly is so pure.Colors are looking awesome.Cong
Have a nice day.
JFS (32459) 2010-05-31 8:31
Exquisit work. Congratulations!
rbassin (24343) 2010-05-31 13:16
Une très belle netteté sur la fleur et le papillon, la prise de vue est remarquable, avec de très belles couleurs.
nivaldo (15417) 2010-05-31 14:46
O "pouso" da borboleta está super elegante! Que belo flagrante! Uma foto "fina", linda mesma!
Parabéns, envie-nos mais.
tusharkmandal (3173) 2010-05-31 21:25
Very well collected. Brilliantly saturated red color. The butterfly looks very good and full of life. A nice closeup shot.
jhm (160975) 2010-06-01 10:13
Lovely flower with a wonderful butterfly.
Wonderful light and pleasant colors.
Splendid captured, and very well composition, TFS.
jmdias (69282) 2010-06-01 16:10
conheço esta borboleta, é bem comum por aqui e eu até pintei uma delas numa tela certa vez. muito legale ste ângulo lateral, a flor está belíssimamente mostrada e a borboleta também, num ângulo diferente do usual. linda a luz e os contrastes, bem como a nitidez desta bela macro. parabéns
JanD (0) 2010-06-02 0:45
Superb macro, good POV and capture, very good contrast and colors, superb focus. Fine effect.
rodgerg (55767) 2010-06-02 3:35
The desicive moment well colected with the butterfly well located to the flower. details and colors well collected. These color arise very well in the green of the BG.
humayun (3105) 2010-06-02 17:59
pov is good...........
very nice compo.........
very intresting pic.........
gilbertom (2426) 2010-06-03 13:01
Bela macro, com excelentes cores e contrastes. A explicação sobre a reserva também é muito interessante.
danos (103214) 2010-06-09 22:51
lovely snapshot with the butterfly on the red flower to drink the nectar from it.I like the close up shot with the colours to be captured superb.Well done.
- Copyright: Andre Santos (andre_luizs) (599)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-10-12
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Samsung Digimax 202
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/550 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Mangal das Garças [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-05-30 20:23