Common Blue Morpho

Don’t worry… no animals were harmed or mistreated in any way during the production of this post. The above is a paper Morpho peleides from the St. Louis Butterfly House that I’ve strung-up in a pasta sauce jar (which I even took the time to wash out first). You’re welcome, fake butterfly.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

It has been said something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world. – Chaos Theory

Title Card from The Butterfly Effect

About this image: digital photograph heavily modified to replicate wet plate collodion

Japanese Garden

Here’s a photo from the Japanese Garden at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Which means it must be time for a little something from an old stand-by / one of my all time favorite films: ‘Load up the random Lost in Translation quote! AND… SCENE!’

Kelly: “John, John. You are my favorite photographer. ”

John: “Ohhh… ”

Kelly: “No. You are! I only want you to shoot me. It’s true! Oh my God… I have the worst B.O. right now, I’m sorry!”

– Anna Faris & Giovanni Ribisi – Lost in Translation

About this image: digital photograph, moderately modified

Ottoman Garden

Here’s another photo from the last trip Annabelle and I took to the Missouri Botanical Garden. It was a good time (even after my camera decided to take a nap). I learned a few things that day, like:

There are a lot of plants at a botanical garden.

There are a lot of people who visit botanical gardens. I guess they like to look at plants.

It’s wise to fully charge your camera battery before visiting a botanical garden. In case you decide to photograph plants. Or people who like to look at plants.

Who knew?!

About this image: digital photograph, highly modified

Fountain Angel

I try not to get too much mileage out of other people’s work (sculptures, etc.), but every now and then I just can’t help myself. This piece, The Fountain Angel, 1902, by Italian sculptor Raffaello Romanelli was just too nice to pass up.

Although she appears to have sprung several leaks she’s really held up quite well!

About this image: digital photograph, moderately modified