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03/13/2019 05:15:51 PM · #1
Los Angeles is currently being enchanted by billions of Painted Lady butterflies migrating. Everywhere you go, there are tiny flurries of orange. Everyone is stopping to look at the sky and the trees, as these little creatures flutter through our city. It's beautiful.

AND IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO PHOTOGRAPH!!!!!!!!
03/13/2019 05:26:24 PM · #2
Ha! I'm sorry to laugh...

Use your cellphone. :D
03/13/2019 05:57:42 PM · #3
Originally posted by Lydia:

Ha! I'm sorry to laugh...

Use your cellphone. :D


I tried that as well. It's not a big cloud. It's just a butterfly or two flying by every so often, and a burst of 5 then nothing. And those little suckers are FAST so, it's not like you can just grab your phone/camera.
03/13/2019 05:57:58 PM · #4
I don't know about photographing swarms, but for close-ups find a butterfly bush ...
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03/13/2019 06:14:47 PM · #5
Originally posted by GeneralE:

I don't know about photographing swarms, but for close-ups find a butterfly bush ...
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I'm just enjoying them fluttering all over the place :)
03/13/2019 06:46:36 PM · #6
How wonderful! I remember a summer in the late 1960s when we had a similar experience here with huge numbers of monarchs. It was amazing.
03/13/2019 07:04:31 PM · #7
When the cicadas came... same thing.... they were everywhere but you couldn’t photograph them.
03/13/2019 07:49:40 PM · #8
Originally posted by kirbic:

How wonderful! I remember a summer in the late 1960s when we had a similar experience here with huge numbers of monarchs. It was amazing.


With the monarchs at least 3x larger, at least they were more visible!!

I keep going to the window and watching them flutter by. I'm totally smitten.
03/13/2019 08:03:09 PM · #9
you're so lucky! the only thing fluttering by my windows lately is more snowflakes lol
03/13/2019 08:26:21 PM · #10
sorry --- now's the time for video!
03/13/2019 09:28:43 PM · #11
Johanna is right. It was one of those things you just had to stop and enjoy. There was no good way to convey it by photograph or video. A pair there, a single here, five or six next, a bunch now and then, and they were in such a hurry! Just flitting right on by. I saw one or two stop, very briefly, but that's it. They were quite focused on their mission!! It was very enjoyable to experience.
03/13/2019 09:37:27 PM · #12
Originally posted by kirbic:

How wonderful! I remember a summer in the late 1960s when we had a similar experience here with huge numbers of monarchs. It was amazing.

I lived in Pacific Grove/Monterey when I was in the second grade, so I must have seen the monarchs there (my dad was a science teacher), but unfortunately I have no photos or specific memory of it. :-(
03/13/2019 10:10:25 PM · #13
I kinda like the challenge of capturing butterflies and even cicadas (and praying mantis) in flight, but a real toughie I experienced last summer was a crazy swarm of midges and the crazy swarm of dragonflies that ensued to eat 'em up. So hard to capture the magnitude and depth of the feeding frenzy. Awesome experience though.
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03/14/2019 12:23:28 AM · #14
Originally posted by skewsme:

I kinda like the challenge of capturing butterflies and even cicadas (and praying mantis) in flight, but a real toughie I experienced last summer was a crazy swarm of midges and the crazy swarm of dragonflies that ensued to eat 'em up. So hard to capture the magnitude and depth of the feeding frenzy. Awesome experience though.
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SUPERB!!!!
03/14/2019 12:40:49 AM · #15
Originally posted by vawendy:

sorry --- now's the time for video!


Best I could do. There was actually something for YOU at the VERY end, but think FB clipped the end :( beginning.
https://www.facebook.com/Johanna.Siegmann/videos/10215881978817116/?sk=h_chr

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03/14/2019 03:30:55 AM · #16
Here in Taiwan we have fireflies season right now. It's really difficult to take this in a picture to represent how amazing it looks in real. Went many times but never got great results. some photographers are setting their equipment long before it gets dark. once it gets dark, it's nearly impossible to focus.
03/14/2019 10:18:59 AM · #17
Originally posted by GeorgesBogaert:

Here in Taiwan we have fireflies season right now. It's really difficult to take this in a picture to represent how amazing it looks in real. Went many times but never got great results. some photographers are setting their equipment long before it gets dark. once it gets dark, it's nearly impossible to focus.


Ah, fireflies... the only thing missing from our SoCal paradise
03/14/2019 12:16:10 PM · #18
The swarm thing was what I loved about my Art of 2018 II entry...

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