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Chris Taylor


Chris was born and raised in the Kwa-Zulu/Natal Midlands where his family inspired his early passion for the natural world. Exploring Southern Africa as he grew up, this passion was allowed to develop and his curiosity to expand. After high school, Chris spent ...

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I am really not good identifyimg butterflies and to photograph them is a nightmare. I love watching them as it is the small things that give the most pleasure.

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With so much attention on the “big stuff” we forget the little things.

I once stopped at a reserve that was very proud (of all things) of it’s dung beetles. And they were right, fascinating creatures. I am working to make my garden as bee and butterfly friendly as possible

Thank you, Chris. My husband and I know hardly anything about Butterflies, but they are so beautiful we would love to learn more. If you have time / inclination to share your knowledge with us we would love it! Wendy and Neil

Butterflies- one of the most fascinating insects, in my opinion, in nature. Watching an adult fluttering, we’re hard pressed to believe the origin of this creature was in the form of a cocoon before it debuted. Where I live it’s a great day when I am fortunate enough to spot a Monarch Butterfly, so I’ve a bit of envy to learn how many you spotted in your neighborhood.

Chris, what a wonderful blog today, catching the sight of butterflies!

Beautiful butterflies! We have some beautiful butterflies here too in the USA. Thanks for sharing.

Africa has so many beautiful butterflies, I love their colors and to watch them flit about. sadly in the city where live there are not many butterflies. However one year we took our eldest grandson to the butterfly reserve in Raleigh. it was fascinating and we spent a lot of time there. when you left you went thru one door band stood for a minute while a slight breeze made sure you were note hiding a butterfly on you person or on your hair. all the butterflies fly freely so it is a good rule. Thanks for your experience. Victoria

Very cool post – I love watching butterflies, they are so graceful! I was lucky enough to visit a Monarch Migration spot and see millions of them at once – amazing!

I try photographing butterflies with very limited success. But I keep trying.

Beautiful … now you need to get into macro photography!

Amazing, I would like to also try and improve my butterfly identification skills! The species I see in Cape Town are mainly monarchs, garden acreas, citrus swallowtails and browns, though I have seen table mountain prides too.

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Butterflies are beautiful no questioned asked, these colors and patterns are special in there own way. I love butterflies but I have to say my all time favorite is the Yellow Pansy the Yellow is bright and its so tiny.

Senior Digital Ranger

I always get excited when I see a butterfly, they are a wonderful symbol of transformation.

During this time, my family and I have been able to enjoy extended walks and noticed so many butterflies that none of us had seen before. Your account of how difficult they are to observe and identify rings absolutely true in our experience!! Great pictures and well done!!

One of the greatest photo set I have seen. Thanks for dedicating it to butterflies. Some migrate for such long ways and cross countries

Lovely pictures!

Fabulous shots Chris, we have a super variety on the small island of Malta but non as colorful as these.

Chris, Thanks so much for your great images of the butterflies! You are right – it’s not easy to catch a good image! Nice work!

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Butterfly brighten up the ecosystem and they come in all shapes & colours.

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