195: Butterfly and orchids

I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man.

~ Chuang Tzu

This photo was taken at the Cleveland Botanical Garden during their Orchid Mania exhibit.  I still have quite a few photos from that exhibit that I haven’t yet posted on the blog.  They will come in handy on busy days (such as today) when I need to put up a quick post.

I’m not sure what caused it to come out this way.  I think it was camera shake, giving it the soft, blurry effect.  It makes it seem like you can almost see through the orchid to the far right.

Today’s Outdoor Adventures

Nothing much to report.  It has been raining off and on throughout the day.  I poked my nose outside in between the rain showers, mostly accomplishing a few chores out there and checking up on the birds.  I did not take the camera outside with me today.  We needed a break from each other.

20 Comments on “195: Butterfly and orchids”

  1. Babygirl says:

    I absolutely love this photograph. I love the colors and the sudden activity from the butterfly.

  2. Bo Mackison says:

    The first time I read that quote I couldn’t get over it. Man…butterfly? Butterfly…man? I wrote it down and read it over and over. In fact, I still can’t get over it, and it’s been several years.

    • Robin says:

      It’s an amazing quote, isn’t it Bo? I used it a long time ago over at Bountiful Healing and it’s one of those that just keeps coming back and opening my mind.

  3. I actually like the blur on the first photo with the butterfly, it gives the photo a soft feeling. Sometimes those ‘mistakes’ are winners.
    We all need breaks from the camera and time to just enjoy nature with our mind’s eye.

  4. I agree, I really like this effect, too.
    Can’t wait to see more orchids!

  5. Gosh, Robin, the butterfly quote is amazing! Sounds like you’re having a busy day! See you tomorrow————

  6. I like the butterfly, particularly the colors on its wings. I think I’ve read that quote before… yeah, I remember now, it was on a tale by Borges. Which I want to reread now.

  7. Beautiful photo! I love that you’re not quite sure what created the effect…it’s brilliant. 😉

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, SurburbanMisfit. 🙂

      It would be nice to be able to recreate it. I’ll just have to keep practicing, see if I can figure it out.

  8. ladyfi says:

    This is heavenly! Just gorgeous.

  9. penpusherpen says:

    I love flutter-bys, so delicate and beautiful and the softness of the photo is fantastic Robin, no matter how you got it…You’ll have to ‘shake’ more often… 🙂 xPenx

  10. Robin says:

    Thank you, Pen. 🙂

    Not too much shaking, though… might rattle my brain. lol!

  11. Barbara Rodgers says:

    Exquisite butterfly, orchid, and photograph…

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