Monochrome Monday – The not so blue Morpho

The Blue Morpho is a brilliantly blue butterfly that I have had the fortune to photograph many times.  This one was photographed in Key West, Florida at the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory – you can view it’s lovely blueness in this post.  Although the bright colors of the butterfly and surrounding plants are gone,  the details of both insect and plants are enhanced in monochrome.  The eye is drawn to the shimmer of the wings, the veins and scales, and the shape of the leaves of the plant.

Butterflies are best seen in color but sometimes a bit of monochrome doesn’t hurt.

Mono Morpho 1757



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  1. #1 by Nandini on August 18, 2014 - 2:47 am

    It looks amazing in monochrome! Perhaps because the flower makes for a great background for the textured butterfly. Great composition!

    And I would love to see it in color too. 🙂

    • #2 by imagesbytdashfield on August 18, 2014 - 6:36 am

      Thank you and I will post this blue beauty in color for Wordless Wednesday 🙂

  2. #3 by Indah Susanti on August 18, 2014 - 5:33 am

    Love it! It makes me wonder what it looks like in color..

  3. #5 by Mark Myers on August 18, 2014 - 5:36 am

    I like it. It kind of teases you and lets you fill in the color. Beautiful.

    • #6 by imagesbytdashfield on August 18, 2014 - 6:30 am

      That’s a good way to think of it…will have to use that later, thanks 🙂

  4. #7 by milfordstreet on August 18, 2014 - 8:25 am

    This is really nice. The butterfly really stands out well and you can see more texture than in color. That said, I am patiently waiting for Wordless Wednesday 🙂

  5. #9 by Cindi on August 18, 2014 - 6:02 pm

    Ohhh, I do like the texture!

  6. #11 by marcus dilano on August 19, 2014 - 8:38 am

    This is an incredibly beautiful image.. Love it!

  7. #16 by kathryningrid on August 19, 2014 - 2:18 pm

    It intrigues me that switching to monochrome actually makes the iridescence even more evident!

    • #17 by imagesbytdashfield on August 19, 2014 - 4:58 pm

      Indeed it does but being able to see the scales so well really gets me.

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