The plan for our last morning in Auckland was to go to the zoo, but the weather didn’t play nice so we ended up indoors at Butterfly Creek. I have been there a few times now and each time I think I have managed to improve the images I take. This trip I concentrated on getting good backgrounds that didn’t require any photoshopping to correct. I am not great at fixing up backgrounds, so it’s better if I shoot them right in the first place.

It was extremely hot when we first entered the enclosure, all the heaters were on and pushing heat directly down on us. Eventually the heaters went off and things became a little more comfortable. Definitely a useful place on a cold winters day! We spent about an hour with the butterflies before heading out to the cafe for lunch and a looksee at what we had shot so far.

The second stint back in the heat was somewhat harder, not just for me but for all of us. We were still in recovery mode from the day at the island, and the night of wine that followed, so were all a bit tired. We shot some more photos, saw a bunch of brand new butterflies released and then headed off to the airport for our flight home. It had been a good trip despite the weather.

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