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The Fun of Butterfly Photography: The Butterfly Whisperer

a monarch butterfly pollinating a colorful botanical in a wildlife preserve in a Florida summer meadow

The fun of butterfly photography: The butterfly whisperer is a subject that I've been meaning to write about for quite sometime! I love snapping photographs of butterflies because I find them beautiful, cool, and interesting. The fact that every butterfly comes with a built-in nature spirit probably doesn't hurt either.

For one thing, when working with the butterfly maiden and butterfly fairies, it requires a great deal of patience to get the shot. There are many times when I've had to stand still while getting eaten alive by mosquitos to get the shot.

It also requires some patience in getting your subject to sit still long enough to grab a photograph that's picture perfect and noteworthy!  Butterflies are living creatures with a life of their own.  They aren't going to come up to you or sit still for you just because you want them to.

With time, you can become the butterfly whisperer!  The more you work with butterflies and botanicals, the more you'll attract them to you.  It's like attracts like and whatnot.  

Another thing to keep in mind is that there are certain deities you can work with that will put a butterfly in your path.  Last week, for example, I had a conversation with Goddess Parvati and came across a big, black butterfly and I didn't have my camera with me.

This was one of the few times I didn't and it kind of pissed me off at myself.  Anyways, I went back the next day to have another conversation with Goddess Parvati and asked that if she was with me, could she send me that same butterfly and the same Fern Trail walking path from the day before.  

Guess what?  It worked!  My only disappointment was that the giant butterfly with black markings (swallowtail) was less cooperative than the day before, but beggars can't be choosers.  

I promptly got a few photographs, which you can see below, and thanked Parvati and the butterfly for it's time and effort.  This is where things get really interesting.

As I continued grounding myself on a nature walk, I encountered even more butterflies!  In this case, they came in different colors, shapes, and sizes.  Just like humans!

This is the perfect example of why it's important to thank the earth goddesses you work with, as well as the wildlife you come across.  This makes for a magical walk in the park or through the butterfly gardens of life!

I have come to find the more that I spend time working with the butterfly fairies, the more they enjoy working with me.  It's like any working relationship.  It takes time to build trust.

If snapping photographs of migrating butterflies and the like is something you're interested in, always have your camera at the ready!  You never know when a butterfly will cross your path.  Take it from someone who learned her lesson the hard way.

Plus, it's fun to get out in the field and do field work!  That can be anything from hitting the local trails to wild botanical gardens and planned urban butterfly gardens to boot.  The first thing you are going to want to do is spend more time in the field.

Just think of it as the school field trips you used to take when you were a kid.  There was nothing better than getting out of the classroom for the day.  Some people like to bring a butterfly net with them to capture butterflies, but I believe we should let the butterflies roam wild and free.

After all, do you like being tied down as a human being?  Probably not!  That's a good rule of thumb when working with the butterfly kingdom.  

You never want to make them feel trapped or cornered.  You never want to make them feel as though you are there to squash their spirit.  Butterflies have a childlike essence to them so naturally, they prefer to work with humans who respect their free-spirited nature!

When I work with a butterfly, I let them come to me or come into my pathway on their own.  It's just like when I start working with a new goddess.  

I know that I can put feelers out there, but if they don't want to come to me, then they won't.  They have a mind of their own.  Butterflies are ensouled, just like every blade of grass, stone unturned, and flower in the garden.

This is based on my belief in animism.  Animism is where everything has a soul, spirit, and essence to it.  It can be your computer, a poem that you wrote, or a song on the radio!

In animism, most of the time, spirits are inactive, like in the case of your computer.  These might be the types of spirits you don't want to wake up.  

In the case of a butterfly, they are already active ensouled spirits with a life and mind of their own!  It's the same with goddesses too.  These spirits are already quite active in our world, and it's up to us whether we want to engage with them or not.

But, it's not just up to us.  It's up to the goddess, butterfly, flower, plant, whoever.  They have to hold an interest in you!

So, don't go out into a summer meadow expecting a butterfly to fly into your lap.  I mean, it could, but the butterfly fairies have a mind of their own.  

I have noticed that butterflies also tend to like working with people who are embarking on some kind of transformation.  They also really love working with children and pets too because they have such an innocent spirit, thus making them relatable to the butterflies!

If you're undergoing some kind of transformation or reboot, I really think you would enjoy working with the butterfly spirits!  I know I do.  I am constantly shapeshifting in and out of form.

I feel like the essence of who I am, at it's core, always remains the same.  The rest of me, however, is always changing, transitioning, and becoming more!

I think that's why I've become a bit of a butterfly whisperer in my own right.  They see that I am always improving myself and constantly doing a major glow-up.  The butterfly fairies get that about me.  

They like people who don't think they are infallible.  People always in a state of transition, constantly working on themselves.  That's me in a nutshell.

You can read more about it in, What It's Like to Have Queen of Wands Energy!  Knowing your inherent self-worth is a part of working with the realm of the butterfly.

Working with the butterfly fairies or the Hopi Native American Butterfly Maiden can also help you do some shapeshifting in your own life!  Sometimes we know we need to change, but we don't know where to start.  That's where the butterflies come into play!

They can assist you with things like shapeshifting and glamour spells.  The more you work with a butterfly, the easier these things become.  

Why?  Because butterflies are part of life in the fairy realm.  The fae have pretty much taken a master class on shapeshifting and glamour spells.  

In the witch community, glamour spells are considered harder to come by.  For me, they have always come easy and I always wondered why.  It's because I work with the nature spirits more than anything else!

So, if that's the kind of spellwork you'd like to do, you might enjoy working with a butterfly fairy in the nearby future.  Just remember to keep in mind that you can't just go in asking for favors.  You've got to build a working relationship with them first.  

Even though the butterflies are quite innocent seeming, they are still part of the realm of the fairies.  Ths means that they have an ego and that they will only work with you if they want to work with you.

It also means that they will only work with you if you respect the nature trails you're on and the grounds surrounding you.  You might even be tested first!

For example, if you feel compelled to pick up a piece of trash, then pick it up!  Intuitively, it could mean a fae is nearby watching you and scoping out whether or not they can trust you.  

You can read more about how the fairies feel about trash and litter in this blog post about respecting the land.  If you are going to spend time with a butterfly fairy, this just kind of goes with the territory.

If you'd like to get some really good shots of butterflies, find a nearby butterfly garden.  I personally go to the butterfly garden at Hammock Park all the time.  

In addition to that, there are wild butterfly gardens all over the park to enjoy.  There's even one on a plain street in the tiny, seaside fishing village that I live in.  The owners have a little patch of land with butterfly flowers that they let grow naturally, wild, and free.  

So, part of being a butterfly tracker is to find the local haunts they like to play in.  It can be the park, a wild garden with weeds, or a wildlife refuge.  You've just got to get into following your intuition to find a great photography location for snapping photographs of butterflies.

I know that many people might get into wildlife photography with the idea of merely getting the shot.  But, that's not what this blog is all about.  

It's about the magic of nature and all the places in between the earthly realm and the fairy realm.  To connect with the butterflies, you've got to get into the field and do some field work.  In other words, you've got to be willing to get your hands dirty!

That might mean having to sit still for twenty minutes while sweat pours down your face to get the shot.  It could mean bringing an offering to the butterfly fairies in order to build a healthy relationship with them.  It could simply mean spending more time in nature.

Find which avenue works best for you!  Butterfly photography is one of my favorite features on this blog.  I like that they make me work to get the shot and I've got the mosquito bites to prove it!

The Fun of Butterfly Photography: The Butterfly Whisperer

Swallowtail Butterfly in a Florida wildlife refuge in mother nature with yellow markings

The Hopi Native American Butterfly Maiden and Butterfly Fairies

Where the butterflies roam wild and free in Hammock Park Butterfly Garden in Dunedin, Florida

Two painted lady butterflies co-mingling in the forest

How to Work With Butterflies For Beginners

If you like butterflies, then butterfly photography may be your go-to method for beginner photography!  You don't have to have the world's greatest camera either.  Just utilize what you already have on hand!

Many people even use their camera phones to take great pictures!  I'm a big believer in getting to know your camera inside and out, through and through, whether it be a camera phone or a digital SLR.  I personally work with a simple point-and-shoot camera with a zoom lens.

My point is to never let what kind of camera you have hold you back from getting started with capturing wildlife on camera.  Practice makes perfect!

In the meantime, make a commitment to get to know your local flora and fauna, also known as genius loci!  You can start by establishing a wonderful working relationship with whatever creature you'd like to work with, including the butterfly species.  

It's an absolute honor to work with butterflies, as they live short lives here on earth.  You've got to make the most of your time with them while it lasts!  Happy butterfly snapping!
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