A Tourist In My Own Town

Real Estate Agent with Novella Real Estate

What would ever inspire me to wake up way before dawn, to get showered and dressed, hop in the car at 6:00 a.m. to beat the city commuter traffic on a Tuesday?

A MeetUp that's what!

I've written before how much I love MeetUp.com.  I've been a member for a few years now. Typical for me I've joined more groups than I can possibly ever participate in, but I remain.

Why?  Because Meetup.com keeps me connected with the topics and experiences I truly enjoy.  Each week they send out a notice of happenings that week.  I find myself picking and choosing where and what I want to learn or participate in.

Today I jumped out of bed to MeetUp with my fellow Photog friends.  We shot butterflies.

Ready for Take Off!

Ready for Take Off!

butterfly hibiscus

I Pose For You...

Eye on you!

I was once a cocoon but look at me now!

If you really want to connect with people who enjoy the same things you do, check out Meet.com.  Sign up, it's free, join a group or two.  Or better yet start your own.


Comments (18)

Linda K. Mayer
License # 01767321 - La Verne, CA


Amazing pictures!  Thanks for sharing them.  I love all those beautiful colors.

I also love meet up... conected with CEI Space and have found it to be a good group!

Feb 15, 2011 02:25 PM
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Kristal, I will have to check meetup. Love the pictures! Did you go to the butterfly Pavilion in Westminster to get the pictures.  We use to live a few miles from there but it was not there at the time.

Feb 15, 2011 02:29 PM
Kristal Kraft
Novella Real Estate - Denver, CO
Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022

Linda, Thanks!  I love the colors too!

Marchel, yes, that's exactly where I went!  It's quite a busy place, but we had a special "tripod" session that I arranged for my group.  90 minutes of pure fun!


Feb 15, 2011 02:32 PM
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Kristal, Three "WOWs" for you and those amazing gentle portraits! I'm looking forward to a "meet up" behind the camera you and I can create sometime in the future. Thanks for the images! 

Feb 15, 2011 02:35 PM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Kristal ~  I butterflies.. These photos are fabulous.

Feb 15, 2011 02:38 PM
Laura Forman
RE/MAX AEROSPACE REALTY www.LauraSellsBrevard.com - Melbourne, FL
Your Brevard Premier Property Specialist

Beautiful photos and time well spent.

Feb 15, 2011 02:41 PM
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Amazing to have caught these guys, Kristal.  I must check out Meet.com.  Thanks for the heads up.

Feb 15, 2011 02:44 PM
Kristal Wilson
KB Home - Fontana, CA
Cause We Like 'Em New ~ New Home Specialist!

Hi to the other Kristal ~ MeetUp.com sounds really interesting, this is the first time I've heard of it, so after i sign off i will go check it out. The orange is especially vivid.


Feb 15, 2011 02:46 PM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Ironic that KW's Kristal W commented just above ... I've been meaning to introduce you two. Nice of the butterflies to be up this early, too!

Feb 15, 2011 02:49 PM
Kristal Kraft
Novella Real Estate - Denver, CO
Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022

John, I actually found her first!  I was delighted to find a woman who knows how to spell her name RIGHT!  Thanks for the thought! I hope all is well for you in LV.

Kristal ~ Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you find as much enjoyment out of Meetup.com as I do!

Jane, Laura and Joan, Thanks I appreciate your compliments!

Emily ~ Decisions decisions, your town or mine?

Feb 15, 2011 02:54 PM
Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

These photos are amazing, what lens did you use for these?  I particularly like the camoflage on the tree trunk... amazing.

Feb 15, 2011 03:20 PM
Kristal Kraft
Novella Real Estate - Denver, CO
Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022

Thanks Ruthmarie!  I shot them with my Canon, 100mm macro lens on a tripod.  They didn't stand a chance!


Feb 15, 2011 03:23 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Kristal, Theses are wonderful photos of the butterflies and certainly they look worth getting up early for to capture. Necely done!

Feb 16, 2011 11:46 AM
Jennifer Prestwich
Henderson, Thornton, Broomfield and Westminster - Henderson, CO
Madison & Co Properties

KK- what beautiful shots.  Did you take these at the Butterfly Pavilion?  I just love that place!  Thank you for sharing and have a great weekend.  :)

Feb 18, 2011 06:37 AM
Elizabeth Byrne
Keller Williams Realty - Arlington, VA
Arlington Virginia Real Estate

Kristal, what camera do you use to take such fabulous pictures? Thank you for suggesting MeetUp.com group - I will investigate it. I am always looking for great places to explore. I wish you many more amazing escapades with your MeetUp.com group.

Feb 21, 2011 03:40 AM
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co


My gosh, what spectacular photos, absolutely beautiful!

Feb 21, 2011 12:35 PM
Wendy Richards
Keller Williams Realty - Charlotte NC Home & Real Estate - Charlotte, NC
at "NCCharlotteHomes.com"- Charlotte NC Home & Real Estate Search

Hi Kristal - Have you been able to post anything to Localism this month? Just curious. No one in Charlotte NC has been able to post since Feb 28th... Heard anything?

Mar 12, 2011 04:58 PM
Retired Notworking
Tallahassee, FL

These pictures are awesome. This is going to be my next big project - learning how to take photographs as beautiful as these.

Mar 13, 2011 11:03 AM

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