butterflies go free

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Thousands of butterflies were set free in the Montreal Botanical Garden's climate-controlled greenhouses for the 15th annual edition of the 'Butterflies Go Free' exhibit. Visitors were encouraged to walk through the greenhouse and view the many different species of butterflies in flight. The countries that the butterflies hail from include Costa Rica, Indonesia, Tanzania, and Ecuador but the exhibit also showcased local butterfly species.

The main greenhouse in the Botanical Garden is heated up to 29 degrees and filled with tropical plants and flowers to simulate the butterfly's natural habitat.

Touching the butterflies could easily injure them, so visitors are told not to. However, the butterflies will often land on people, in which case you just wait for them to fly away. It seems that the children in the greenhouse were able to attract the butterflies fairly easily; this may be because of kids' tendency to wear brighter clothing than adults. One little girl got tired of holding onto a butterfly and ended up transferring it to Alex's hand. After a few moments (and a photo-op, of course), he transferred the butterfly to another little kid who was lamenting that one hadn't landed on her. - Mina


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17 comments

  1. Oh wow...so beautiful! I had this experience once in NYC and it was incredible.

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  2. My god these pictures are just amazing!!!!!! Probably my favorite set of pics yet. What an experience!

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  3. Looks like so much fun! And beautiful photos! Mina I love following your photos they get more and more beautiful every time and I think you have a really interesting style!

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  4. They are so gorgeous and you got great photos!

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  5. Gorgeous photos. I had no idea they had this in mtl! I'm sure this has been asked before, but what lens did you use?

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  6. Wow, this looks incredible! I would love to have an experience like this. I can't even imagine what it would be like to be surrounded by so many butterflies...

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  7. wow, would have loved to be there. great photos.

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  8. Hi! I just stumbled upon your blog! Wow, is all I have to say...fabulous photos! Can't wait to read more!

    Bailey
    http://lostandfound-bailee.blogspot.de/

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  9. Thanks guys!

    texxy - For these shots, I used the Canon 70-200mm lens.

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  10. wow, i really love those butterflies.

    xthesimplethingsx.blogspot.com

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  11. What gorgeous gorgeous photos and what an amazing event! I think I may have to add it to my bucket list.

    xo from california
    freshfizz

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  12. absolutely beautiful!

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  13. This is absolutely stunning. I love the concept and your photos blew me away! You captured it beautifully.

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  14. such gorgeous colors. so rich.

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  15. wow, i love the first picture with you and the butterfly! such a great shot!!

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  16. Wonderful and colorful pictures. I enjoyed it.

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