Atmosphere

Butterfly Effect

March 2011

Spring might be around the corner, but you’d be hard-pressed to find any new awakenings amid Colorado’s still-frost-covered ponderosas. When the blustery weather refuses to quit, we head to Westminster’s Butterfly Pavilion, which houses a lush walk-through conservatory with 1,600 free-flying butterflies that hail from far-flung tropical rain forests in the depths of South America, Africa, and Asia. With their vibrant hues and patterns, butterflies make for arresting spring photos—if you can get the shot. Brush up on technique at the Pavilion’s Tripod Photography classes ($8.50–$15) one Saturday a month; doors open a full hour before the general public is admitted, so you get nothing but blessed quiet and morning light to capture your fleeting subjects.