Ann Thering might spend hours waiting for just the right moment to take a photograph. Her subjects, delicate butterflies, pause sometimes only for a few seconds, making her art as much about timing as composition.

In an artist statement about her current exhibition at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Thering wrote that she tries “to capture a bit of what makes them a butterfly, be it their seemingly effortless flight or the delicate way they perch on a flower.”

Thering’s images are close-up and detailed, sometimes showing tiny scales on the wings.

“The underside of many butterflies is even more eye-catching than the upper side,” Thering wrote. “My photography explores the colors, patterns, and textures of butterflies and their surroundings.”

Thering encourages butterfly admirers to plant their own butterfly gardens to attract the insects, using flowers like hoary verbena, purple coneflower and butterfly weed.

IF YOU GO

What: “Butterflies and Blooms”

Where: Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave.

When: through April 4

Information: olbrich.org; 246-4550

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