This past weekend I took a trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan to visit the Frederick Meijer Gardens Annual Butterfly Exhibit that runs annually from March 1st through April 30th each year. This year I decided to take some extra cameras and shoot not only photographs, but also some video.
I had a Canon Rebel ESI that I had purchased used last fall, and was looking forward to testing it out. I managed to get some nice photos with this camera before the battery died on me. I then switched to my Canon Powershot, and shot a majority of the video and photos seen here primarily with it.
The Fredrick Meijer Gardens also has a sculpture park, and during the warmer months when the leaves are full it is a beautiful place to visit and stroll the grounds. For more information about the Fredrick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, visit their website at: MeijerGardens.org.
The butterfly exhibit is an indoor exhibit in a special atrium that is kept quite warm and humid to approximate the climate of the butterflies natural habitat. The butterflies are primarily imported from Asia, Africa and South America in the exhibit, and they are a mix of some of the most beautiful species you may ever have a chance to see in Michigan.
I highly recommend people mark this annual event on their calendar, and visit it. The entry fee is $12.00 per adult, and there are reduced prices for children. You will want to bring your camera, and I suggest a fast action camera if possible. The butterflies are faster than you think, and are often gone before you can click the photo. So it is quite a challenge to get photos, and well as shoot video.
I hope you enjoy this sample of the exhibit that I have presented here, and if you like the video please click the ‘like’ button on Youtube. Thank you!