I had a fabulous time with my family this past week in the highly entertaining Branson, MO. This explains why I did not post a pic of the week last Sunday. I desperately needed a week to unplug from electronic devices and work projects, so I used the extra time to focus on family and to soak in all the stunning visuals the Ozarks has to offer.
As you can imagine, I was armed with my camera and ready to fill two 32 GB SD cards with breathtaking nature shots. It is impossible for me to travel to a beautiful place such as the Ozarks and not take my camera. Not taking my camera is equivalent to a professional baseball pitcher showing up to the mound without a baseball to throw. 🙂
Branson, MO is like a second home to me, as I have spent many summers during my adult and child life traversing highway 76 in awe of all the entertaining shows and attractions along the strip. Branson is packed full of fun for the family, fun such as Silver Dollar City, White Water, Ride The Ducks, Ripley's Believe it or Not (huge Optimus Prime outside), Titanic Museum, Table Rock Lake, Hollywood Wax Museum, and the Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure.
Out of all the entertainment I just listed, the Butterfly Palace was the most surprising. According to their website, the Butterfly Palace opened its doors in 2006, and I have been avoiding it ever since. For some reason, I never envisioned a swarm of flying insects as quality entertainment, but I was soooo wrong. The Butterfly Palace is more than a room filled with flying insects. Yes, there is a large rainforest style room filled with extraordinary multicolored butterflies moving about the room with grace. There is also a rainforest adventure that is extremely entertaining! In fact, my family implored me to go back a second day just to experience the adventure one last time. The Butterfly Palace also has a decent sized amphibian/reptile display filled full of fun little creatures your children will ooh and aah over.
If you have been visiting Branson, MO most of your life and want to experience something new, I encourage you to make your way to the Butterfly Palace...especially any nature photographers out there. Trust me, you will need a couple hours to capture all the rare species of butterflies moving about the room—there are some you will not believe.
Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne
Camera Settings and Edits
- Photograph name: Butterfly Palace
- Camera Model: Canon EOS Rebel T5i
- Shutter Speed: 1/80
- Aperture: f/4
- ISO: 800
- Lens: 28-105mm L
- Focal Length: 105 mm
- Image Quality: RAW
- White Balance: Custom
- External Flash: N/A