Today for Friday Feet Deb and I took the short drive over to Callaway Gardens. The Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center is a great place to spend a few unique hours with the butterflies. I have been to the Butterfly Center 3 or 4 times before, but not for about 10 years or so. I had not been since I switched over to digital shooting so today I finally got some of what I have on film from years ago.
The Cecil B Day Butterfly Center has 1,000 tropical butterflies, representing more than 50 different species, flutter freely through the air. Tropical plants and birds, reside peacefully with the colorful winged jewels in North America’s largest, glass-enclosed tropical conservatory.
It is a different kind of setup to get some good shots over there and a flash is almost a must so thanks very much to Jak Blount for letting me borrow his Nikon SB-800 (I’ll return it with a nice new diffuser for you). There is a lot more over at Callaway than the butterfly center of course and if you like to ride bikes, they have a great 10 mile paved trail through the park.
Once we were finished over at the butterfly house we got on our bikes and peddled through the rest of the park, something I haven’t done in all my other visits. To my surprise, there is a lot more to see over there than butterflies. About half through the trail we came upon a beautiful Chapel that the Callaway’s had built back in the mid 1960′s. The stain glass was original and is still maintained by the company that installed it over 40 years ago. Just an incredible display, and a 1,300 piece pipe organ to go with it. I bet the acoustics are great when that organ gets going.
We finished up the bike trail stopping at various attractions that Callaway Gardens has to offer and ended with an early dinner in Columbus. As I sit here writing it is pouring down rain and the temps have dropped at least 20 degrees from this afternoon. We managed to spend the day in 70* sunshine. If you have a chance to get to Callaway (especially during the Spring bloom) it is well worth the trip.
I will upload all of the photo from the shoot to my flickr account in the Callaway Gardens gallery some time tonight, the stain glass close up shots are pretty cool. Have a great weekend everyone.