Discovery World Tropical Forest at the Otago museum has around 1,000 imported tropical butterflies. It was hot (for Dunedin), around 30 degrees celsuis (86 Farenheit), and very humid (about 80%). Poor Olivia found it a bit too much, although Hayley, Erica, Annabelle, and me perserved for as long as we could. The forest also includes a variety of tropical plants, but I was so busy looking at, and taking photos of, the beatiful butterflies that I failed to notice the coffee and cardamon plants! You would have thought I might have smelt them.
Unfortunately, I don’t know exactly what types of butterflies these ones are, but here’s a few of my favourite photographs that I took.
Shutter speed 1/60. F-stop f/4. ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/150. F-stop f/3.2. ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/85. F-stop f/4. ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/85. F-stop f/5.6. ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/70. F-stop f/4. ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/160. F-stop f/5.6. ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/120. F-stop f/4. ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/100. F-stop f/4. ISO 800
Shutter speed 1/70. F-stop f/4. ISO 200
Shutter speed 1/350. f-stop f/8. ISO 400.
Shutter speed 1/480. f-stop f/8. ISO 400.
Well I’m pretty sure that’s what they are; not the good old brown onion. They were huge, over a metre high. Now they have gone to seed and are about to burst into flower. Simply stunning.