Aquariums Aren’t Just for Fishes Anymore

A Spot of Red

A Spot of Red

Well I discovered that aquariums aren’t just for fishes anymore. The Tennessee Aquarium added a new building since my last visit, a number of years ago. This building is supposed to be about Oceans. I have yet to discover what butterflies have to do with Oceans other than some species fly across them.  Whatever the connection is the Aquarium had a special Butterfly section.

 Float like a Butterfly Sting Like a Bee

Float like a Butterfly Sting Like a Bee


When we entered the section we found these nice laminated identification sheets. Both side included color photographs and names of the different species included in their collection. What a great idea. I had my wife, Cindy, hold it up while I photographed each side. Now when I get back I’ll be able to write somewhat intelligently.


Orange Tiger

Orange Tiger


Such as, I can tell you that this orange and black butterfly is called an Orange Tiger, even though I have never seen a tiger that looked like this before.


Tiger Longwing

Tiger Longwing


This one is called a Tiger Longwing.


This is my good side

This is my good side


But, that is all I can tell you. It seems that there little collection grew and their documentation didn’t.  So the one above is just a black butterfly with red markings. Hey it works. You know which one I’m talking about.

So my little idea wasn’t as bright as I thought that it was going to be. However, I was able to get a few good shots of some pretty butterflies. Since I didn’t use a tripod, and some areas had less light than others, I shot these at an ISO of 800. I processed them using Lightroom 3, Dfine 2.0, and Viveza 2. A couple of them I also used the Total Contrast filter in Color Efex Pro 3.0.


  1. Jimi Jones July 22, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    Wow, Phillip!
    These are amazing. Call Natty Geo. 🙂
    Really awesome captures, love them all.

    Must have been a fun trip to the Aquarium.

    • Phillip July 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

      Thanks Jimi. We had a great time there. Lot of walking!

  2. Edith Levy July 24, 2011 at 6:06 am #

    Just fantastic Phillip. I think you did a pretty good job on the description even if the aquarium didn’t.

    • Phillip July 24, 2011 at 7:33 am #

      Thanks Edith! Isn’t that the way most people describe them? Look at the Black Butterfly! We enjoyed seeing the butterflies even if we didn’t know their types.

  3. Rob July 25, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    Lovely butterflies. So difficult to capture outdoors as the flit around from flower to flower.

  4. DaniLew July 26, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    I love butterflies! Phillip, you did a great job of capturing them with their wings extended,

    • Phillip July 26, 2011 at 11:47 pm #

      Thank you Dani. I appreciate it!

  5. Scott Wood August 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm #

    Great shots, the colors are gorgeous.

    • Phillip August 9, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

      Thanks Scott, i appreciate it!

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