Butterflies and Refraction – Weekly Photo Challenge; Vibrant Colors – Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

“Inside all of us is a light.”

Courtney M Privett

( 7 photos)



This week Kevin has asked us to post a photograph that illustrates refraction,  or the effect created by light as it passes through an object. I chose the shot above, which I took a while ago from inside Charleston’s lovely City Hall. It shows a refraction effect both as the light passes through the wrought iron window onto the sill, and also in the distorted effect on the building’s facade on the windows across the street. But speaking of light, there was another related subject that caught my attention this week.



“You don’t find light by avoiding the darkness.”

S. Kelley Harrell

My timing was especially serendipitous in a walk along the path from my home to the ocean. There were literally blankets of yellow flowers (which I later determined were goldenrod, our state wildflower) adorning every inch – drawing beautiful Gulf Fritillary butterflies. The brilliance of these “Passion Butterflies” against the deep yellow of the flowers seemed a perfect fit for Cee’s challenge this week “Vibrant Colors”.



“Find the light. Reach for it. Live for it.”

Al R Young

I found myself following the delicate creatures with my lens, noting the difference from spot to spot as the butterflies’ wings caught the sunlight at different angles. It was a great reinforcement of the importance of light to photography. Often times we are drawn to specific subjects, only to be disappointed by the way they appear when captured. In many cases our results can be improved simply by moving to a new position, catching the light in a different way.



 “Light, seeking light, doth light of light beguile”

William Shakespeare



“Even coal shimmers in the light”

Jocelyn Murray



“When the heart is on fire, light comes from within.”

Tania Silva

Clearly, the angle of light makes all the difference. So too, the platform so beautifully placed by mother nature on which the creatures feasted:



To see where other bloggers found refractions and vivid colors, click here and here.

134 thoughts on “Butterflies and Refraction – Weekly Photo Challenge; Vibrant Colors – Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

  1. From your home to the ocean you get to experience this incredible field of yellow, butterflies ~ incredible shots ~ only to be met by the ocean 🙂 Beautiful ~ a great tribute to the autumn, which is running by faster than I want it to. Cheers!

  2. Tina – really enjoyed the vibrant colors and the different takes on the butterfly – I love the first shot of the butterfly the most – felt some attitude or sass with that – like a hand was holding it… hmmm
    band that first photo – I still find that I am looking at it like a curious pup – still soaking it up…
    anyhow, I used to drive home on a road called Goldenrod when Iived in FL more than 20 years ago – and I had not idea this flower was so gorgeous (and your state flower).

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