Living colors captured in Zoro Butterfly Garden.

A monarch butterfly has found some milkweed. I snapped this photo just in time.
A monarch butterfly has found some milkweed. I snapped this photo just in time.

Early this afternoon I managed to capture some elusive living colors. I caught them with my camera, during a leisurely visit to Balboa Park’s beautiful Zoro Butterfly Garden.

Created in 1915 for the Panama-California Exposition, the unique amphitheatre-like stone grotto features meandering paths tucked beneath some shady trees. An easy stroll down into the hollow reveals a lush garden full of flowers specifically planted to attract butterflies. That wasn’t always the case. In 1935, during the California Pacific International Exposition in Balboa Park, this partially hidden area was called the Zoro Garden Nudist Colony!

In this peaceful garden you’ll experience monarch, sulfur and swallowtail butterflies, fluttering quickly past your astonished eyes. Most of the time, my old camera finger reacted much too slowly! But I got a few pics!

An artistic bird bath in the garden depicts leaves, flowers and butterflies, naturally!
An artistic bird bath in the garden depicts leaves, flowers and butterflies, naturally!
A tiny insect takes a walk on a sweet sun-yellow carpet.
A tiny insect takes a walk on a sweet sun-yellow carpet.
Zoro Butterfly Garden contains rustic, ragged beauty along its stony walkways.
Zoro Butterfly Garden contains rustic, ragged beauty along its stony walkways.
This sneaky lizard would've been happy to capture a quick butterfly, too! I don't know if he had any luck.
This sneaky lizard would’ve been happy to capture a quick butterfly, too! I don’t know if he had any luck.
Cool close-up photo of red passion vine flower.
Cool close-up photo of red passion vine flower.
I'm not sure who this guy is. Is it a Mourning Cloak? Some kind of moth? If you know, leave a comment.
I’m not sure who this guy is. Is it a Mourning Cloak? Some kind of moth? If you know, leave a comment.
Sunlight reflects from a butterfly winging past some weathered public art in a section of the garden.
Sunlight reflects from a butterfly winging past some weathered public art in a section of the garden.
Painted mural in Balboa Park's Zoro Butterfly Garden shows Orange-barred Sulphur and Cassia.
Painted mural in Balboa Park’s Zoro Butterfly Garden shows an Orange-barred Sulphur and Cassia.
Another section of this informative artwork depicts Passionvine and a Gulf Fritillary.
Another section of this informative artwork depicts Passionvine and a Gulf Fritillary.
A third section shows that Monarch butterflies are attracted to Milkweed.
A third section shows that Monarch butterflies are attracted to Milkweed.
The underside of this Gulf fritillary almost looks like a torn, crumpled brown leaf.
The underside of this Gulf fritillary almost looks like a torn, crumpled brown leaf.
A swallowtail butterfly takes flight!
A swallowtail butterfly takes flight!
Looking upward from the lush hollow where butterflies thrive, toward blue sky and fluttering, living color.
Looking upward from the lush hollow where butterflies thrive, toward blue sky and fluttering, living color.
An Anise Swallowtail spreads its wings on a glorious day in San Diego's wonder-filled Balboa Park.
An Anise Swallowtail spreads its wings on a glorious day in San Diego’s wonder-filled Balboa Park.

Follow this blog for more photos of cool stuff! Join me on Facebook or Twitter.

Published by

Richard Schulte

Downtown San Diego has been my home for many years. My online activities reflect my love for writing, blogging, walking and photography.

7 thoughts on “Living colors captured in Zoro Butterfly Garden.”

  1. Gorgeous. Your shutter finger did well, Richard! I looked up the difference between butterflies and moths. I was always curious. The butterfly has a “clubbed” antennae and the moth has a feathery antennae. It’s difficult to see the one’s antennae where you stated you didn’t know which one it was.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s