Butterfly Gallery Pieces          

  • Monarchs Mudding
    El Rosario Sanctuary, Michoacan, Mexico. Monarch butterfllies massed on the ground to drink water provided by a man from the nearby community. I found this view by lying on the ground with a telephoto lens. 1999.
  • Monarch Mask
    Monarch butterflies from parts of the western United States overwinger in dense colonies on the California coast. I visited some in the eucalyptus groves of Goleta. While photographing them on their roosts in trees and flying through shafts of forest sunlight and blue sky, I also looked down to the forest floor where eucalyptus leaves, seed pods, and a few unlucky butterflies had fallen. A mirror image splice of my photograph revealed this ancient American Monarch face watching us. Will we continue to leave a place for their lives, or will we take every last piece of coastal habitat for our own purposes? Camerawork 1995, Digital composite 1997, 2006.
  • Returning to Dust
    Alum Rock City Park, San Jose, California. Though not managed specifically for butterflies, Alum Rock Park preserves wonderful habitat. Wild and unkempt brush abounds, along with oak knolls and moist canyon bottoms. A wide variety of native plants thrive here, along with the butterflies which depend on them here in the foothills of the Diablo Range. 1995.
  • Courtship Dance of Queen Butterflies
    These were photographed at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum near Tucson, Arizona, in an outdoor garden specially planted to attract free-flying wild butterflies. I believe that the same individuals are shown first courting, then mating. Camerawork 2000, digital composite 2004.
  • Doubletail
    Two-Tailed Tiger Swallowtail Papilio multicaudata on mock orange near La Grande, and nectaring on thistle in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument near Ashland. The repeating pattern of the border and the background are made from the series of the butterfly on thistle. 2003.
  • Papillon of Edvard Grieg
    The music is Edvard Grieg’s Papillon (Butterfly), Opus 43, #1. The visual appearance of the piano music expresses the rapid intermittent fluttering of a butterfly as well as does the sound, giving me a way of adding the feeling of flight. This Western Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio rutulus, was photographed on a rhododendron at Cape Disappointment State Park, Washington—only the musical notes were digitally inserted. Camerwork 2000, digital composite 2003.
  • Winter Solstice Dreams
    Butterflies are to chase, through spring, summer, and autumn, and dream of in the winter. In this digital composite, the real patterns of Painted Lady butterflies are falsely colored. Digital composite, 2004.
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A few butterfly works have been finished as gallery pieces.  These are typically printed approximately 11 x 17 inches on 13 x 19 paper and can be framed 18 x 24 inches or so.  Some, such as Monarchs Mudding, thrive in larger sizes.  Others, such as many of photos shown in Butterfly Pictures by Groups, are better printed between 4x6 and 6x6 inches, framed 10 x 10, for more intimate viewing.

Other photos, shown in Butterfly Pictures by groups, are works in progress. If one especially interests you, please inquire.