I would like to thank the Houston Museum of Natural Science for having me out to the #PixelParty at the Cockrell Butterfly Center this morning. The Pixel Party is an invitation only event where photographers are invited to take pictures in an exhibit of the museum. This morning, the Pixel Party was in the Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
I was amazed at the variety of butterflies that are in the exhibit. Imagine that you step into the middle of a rainforest with a 40 foot waterfall, surrounded by ferns and other vegetation. Then, add a bunch of friendly butterflies that are casually floating around you as you walk among the paths. It is definitely one of the most peaceful museum exhibits that I have visited.
For two hours, I watched as butterflies played with all of the photographers as we tried to snap pictures of them. Some of the butterflies decided that they would strike poses for the camera, while others flew around our heads trying to figure out what we were doing in their exhibit so early in the morning. The Pixel Party is always held outside of normal business hours of the museum in order to allow photographers the room to take cool shots that would not otherwise be possible during the business day at the museum. While there were a lot of photographers, I would have to estimate the number of butterflies at the exhibit had to outnumber us by a ten to one ratio.
Erin from Erins’ Creative Energy had three butterflies that apparently loved her so much, they kept landing on her camera and arms. Some of us ended up taking pictures of Erin as she hung out with her new friends.
The Pixel Party is also a good opportunity to meet other photographers from the area and I always enjoy learning from others. There were some photogs at the Pixel Party that had some serious Macro setups that were quite impressive. Of course, being that my usual forte is landscape photography, I don’t even have a macro lens. Maybe one day I will get into Macro photography, but until then I can appreciate other people’s passion for it.
If you are looking for a great place to see butterflies freely circling around you, then I would highly recommend a visit to the Cockrell Butterfly Center. This was my first time in the exhibit, but it won’t be my last.