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A photobook featuring 88 living butterflies from Southern Costa Rica.
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Pura Mariposa is a hardcover photobook featuring photographs of 88 Southern Costa Rican butterflies, the 4 stages of a butterfly's life cycle, and explanations of some fascinating defense mechanisms they employ for survival.

Moving to a lush and remote area of Southern Costa Rica after spending most of my life in the desert of Phoenix AZ, I couldn't help but be drawn to the astonishing variety of local butterflies. As a compelling interest in butterflies began to flourish, I sought out photography books showing them in their vibrant, natural state and was surprised to discover that most books show few living specimens and none that I came across showed them in great detail, the way I wished to see them.

The practice of photographing pinned specimens for comprehensive butterfly guides makes a lot of sense. It would surely take a lifetime (or maybe two) to capture such an array of these ephemeral creatures in their natural habitat. My goal, however, was not to make a field guide. I simply wanted a way to celebrate the overwhelming beauty and diversity of these spectacular insects, so I started taking photographs of as many species as possible. If you've ever attempted to photograph one of these elusive creatures from 2 inches away, you might be able to imagine the challenge this task presented.

Amassing this collection of photos over the past three years hasn't been easy, but the experience has been a pure joy. I've loved every minute of working on this project, and can't wait to share it with the world of butterfly enthusiasts, nature lovers and the Kickstarter community!

Please join me and help this book take flight!

Why 88 Butterflies?

Anna's 88 (Diaethria anna) - My first butterfly love!
Anna's 88 (Diaethria anna) - My first butterfly love!

Choosing to feature 88 species was in homage to Anna's 88, the first Costa Rican butterfly to spark my passion for these enchanting insects. The first time I saw it was completely enthralling. Desiring photos showing both sides of its ineffable wings - which are the size of your thumbnail and pack astonishing beauty - nearly an hour passed pursuing the fleeting creature with my camera. Though I failed to get the coveted shots that day, the experience planted a seed, which grew into the passion that created this book.

REWARDS

When you support this project, in addition to my heart-felt gratitude, the following rewards are being offered:

Phone Backgrounds

Background images for iPhone and android devices.

8 Pura Mariposa wallpapers for your iphone or android
8 Pura Mariposa wallpapers for your iphone or android

Greeting Cards

Blank on the inside, these cards are a refreshing change of pace from traditional holiday greeting cards, or can be used to express your appreciation after the holiday season.

Option 1: Orange-barred Sulphur. Cards are blank on the inside.
Option 1: Orange-barred Sulphur. Cards are blank on the inside.
Option 2: Blue & Yellow Beautymark. Cards are blank on the inside.
Option 2: Blue & Yellow Beautymark. Cards are blank on the inside.

Calendar

This wall calendar is sure to delight the butterfly lovers on your gift-giving list this year. It will be 8.5" x 11" when hanging; the image area is 8.5" x 5.5". The calendar images shown below are for the calendar only and do not represent the layout of photos that will be used in the book. (Please note, this video does not depict the actual calendar or binding. It's simply showing the images that will appear on your calendar.)

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Thank You Page Example

Several rewards include your name printed on the acknowledgments page. This is a sketch of what the page may look like. The final design will be determined by the outcome of this campaign and how many supporters there are at each level. This example is simply based on my wildest dreams coming true! ;)

Acknowledgment levels, top left to bottom right: Morpho, Monarch, Malachite, Julia, Anna's 88
Acknowledgment levels, top left to bottom right: Morpho, Monarch, Malachite, Julia, Anna's 88

The Book

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The book shown in this video was hand-made. The final book will be of much higher quality. I'd like to give a huge THANK YOU to Jean Schroeder for providing the funds necessary to produce this, and many other, mockups throughout the design process.

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I'll be posting a new photo on Facebook every other day of the campaign, offering a sneak peak at 15 photos from the book! Please like the page to see more!

Contributors to Pura Mariposa

The book introduction was written by Alison Olivieri, former copywriter for Warner Bros. Records and President of the San Vito Bird Club.

Alison, the awesome.
Alison, the awesome.

All of the butterflies featured in the book were generously identified by Costa Rica's foremost butterfly expert, and author of Mariposas de Costa Rica, Isidro Chacon.

Isidro Chacon in his "office".
Isidro Chacon in his "office".

My talented husband, Steve Allen, contributed a poem about the butterfly's life cycle and my daughter was an invaluable butterfly spotter over the years.

And this is me, the crazy girl crawling around in the dirt and leaves with a camera.

Liz Allen photographing Pierella helvina
Liz Allen photographing Pierella helvina

How the money will be spent:

The minimum goal is to raise enough money to fund the book printing and rewards. The book will be 120 pages, hardcover, with high-quality gloss photo paper for the interior pages. If we make the minimum goal, the book will be printed overseas. If you help me double the goal, I will be able to print in the US on FSC-certified paper (The Forest Stewardship Council is an international not-for-profit established to promote responsible management of the world’s forests).

BUDGET
Minimum print run: $8,000
Shipping and import duties: $1,000
Thank You card printing: $350
Calendar printing: $550
ISBN: $150
Kickstarter and payment processing fees: $1,100

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Acerca de este proyecto

Pura Mariposa es un libro fotográfico de pasta dura, que presenta imágenes de 88 mariposas del sur de Costa Rica, las 4 etapas del ciclo de vida de una mariposa y una explicación sobre algunos mecanismos fascinantes de defensa que emplean para sobrevivir.

Mudarse a un área remota y exuberante del sur de Costa Rica después de pasar la mayor parte de mi vida en el desierto de Fénix, Arizona, no pude mantenerme alejada de la impresionante variedad de mariposas locales. Dentro de mí empezó a florecer un interés irresistible y busqué libros que tuvieran fotos que mostraran su estado vibrante y natural. Me sorprendió descubrir que la mayoría de los libros carecían de imágenes de especímenes vivos y no encontré uno que expusiera muchos detalles de la forma que yo quería verlos.

La práctica de la fotografía de especímenes fijos con alfileres para hacer una guía de campo bien detallada sobre mariposas tiene mucho sentido. De seguro tomaría toda una vida (o tal vez dos) capturar tal colección de estas criaturas efímeras en su hábitat natural. Sin embargo, mi objetivo no era hacer una guía de campo. Simplemente quería celebrar la belleza abrumadora y la diversidad de estos insectos tan espectaculares, entonces empecé a tomar fotografías de tantas especies como me fuera posible. Si alguna vez intenta fotografiar alguna de estas criaturas elusivas desde una distancia de 5 cm, se podrá imaginar el reto que toda esta tarea presentó.

Acumular esta colección de fotos por los últimos tres años no ha sido fácil, mas bien, la experiencia ha sido una gran alegría. He disfrutado de cada minuto trabajando en este proyecto y no puedo esperar más para compartirlo con el mundo de entusiastas de las mariposas, amantes de la naturaleza y a la comunidad KickStarter!

Ven conmigo y ayuda a que este libro alce vuelo!

Por qué 88 mariposas?

La elección de presentar 88 especies es en homenaje a la Doble 8, la primer mariposa costarricense en despertar mi pasión por estos insectos encantadores. La primera vez que la vi fue completamente cautivadora. Deseando tomar fotos que mostraran ambos lados de sus alas sublimes (que son del tamaño del pulgar y encierran una belleza asombrosa), pasé una hora persiguiendo con mi cámara a esta criatura fugaz. A pesar que no pude conseguir la foto ese día, la experiencia plantó una semilla, la cual creció y se convirtió en la pasión que creó este libro.

Gratificaciones

Cuando apoyas este proyecto, además de mi más sincera gratitud, les ofrezco las siguientes gratificaciones:

Fondos de Pantalla Imágenes de fondo de pantalla para iPhones y Android. 

Tarjetas de Felicitación En blanco por dentro, estas tarjetas son un cambio de ritmo refrescante de las tarjetas de felicitación tradicionales. También se pueden usar para expresar su gratitud después de la época navideña. 

Opción 1 Tarjetas de Felicitación
Opción 1 Tarjetas de Felicitación
Opción 2 Tarjetas de Felicitación
Opción 2 Tarjetas de Felicitación

Calendario Este calendario de pared, de fijo va a deleitar a los amantes de las mariposas para que anoten todas las fechas importantes para todo el año. El tamaño total cuando cuelga es de 8.5” x 11” y un área de imagen de 8.5” x 5.5”. Las imágenes del calendario que se muestran abajo, son solamente para este y no representan el diseño de fotos que serán usadas en el libro. (favor notar: este video no representa el calendario real o el tipo de encuadernación que será usada. Simplemente muestra las imágenes que aparecerán en su calendario). 

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Ejemplo de una página de agradecimientoMuchas gratificaciones incluyen su nombre impreso en la página de Reconocimientos. Este es un borrador de cómo se vería la pagina. El diseño final será determinado por el resultado de esta campaña y cuantos seguidores hay en cada nivel. Este ejemplo esta simplemente basado en la realización de mis sueños más salvajes! 

Todavía no se decide? Estaré publicando una foto en Facebook de día por medio durante la campaña, y voy a ofrecer un vistazo rápido de 15 fotos del libro! Por favor dale Me Gusta a la pagina para ver mas! 

Contribuyentes de Pura Mariposa

La introducción del libro fue escrita por Alison Olivieri, antigua operativa de derechos de autor para Warner Bros. Music y presidenta del Club de Observación de Aves de San Vito.

Todas las mariposas presentadas en este libro fueron generosamente identificadas por el principal experto de mariposas en Costa Rica y autor del libro Mariposas de Costa Rica, Isidro Chacón.

Mi talentoso esposo, Steve Allen, contribuyó con un poema dedicado al ciclo de la vida de una mariposa y mi hija fue un par de ojos extra invaluables por estos años.

Y esta soy yo, la chica loca con una cámara que se arrastra entre las hojas y la tierra.

Como será usado el dinero:

El objetivo más bajo será recolectar lo suficiente para financiar las gratificaciones y la impresión del libro. Este tendrá 120 páginas, una tapa dura, con papel brillante fotográfico de alta calidad para las páginas interiores. Si obtenemos el mínimo, el libro se imprimirá en ultramar. Si me ayudas a duplicar el objetivo mínimo, este libro se imprimirá en los EEUU, utilizando Papel Certificado FSC (Forest Stewardship Coucil es una ONG internacional establecida para promover una administración responsable en los bosques del mundo)

Presupuesto Impresión mínima: $8000
Impuestos y costos de envío: $1000 - $1100
Impresión de tarjetas de agradecimiento: $350
Impresión del calendario: $550ISBN: $150Pago y tarifas de proceso de KickStarter: $1100

Riesgos y Retos

Las fotos están procesadas y el libro ya se ha diseñado y está listo para la imprenta. Tengo más de 12 años trabajando con imprentas, así que en ese sentido no se esperan problemas o atrasos. Envíos retrasados o pérdidas siempre ocurren, especialmente cuando se trata de envíos internacionales. Si un paquete se extravía en tránsito, se lo repondré y reenviaré ya que voy a tener suficientes productos en inventario. Voy a estar en EEUU por el mes de noviembre y estaré enviando los pedidos dentro y fuera del país durante ese tiempo. La mayoría de las órdenes dentro de los Estados Unidos, deberían ser recibidas a mediados de Noviembre. Regreso a Costa Rica a principios de diciembre y voy a enviar (o entregar personalmente) todos los pedidos de Costa Rica antes del 12 de diciembre. Si algún residente de Costa Rica pide libros o calendarios como regalo, se lo voy a envolver como tal y enviar a los destinatarios respectivos desde los Estados Unidos en Noviembre, si está bien para usted.

Risks and challenges

The photos are processed and the book has already been designed and is ready for the press. I have more than 12 years experience working with printers, so no problems or delays are anticipated in that regard.

Shipping delays, or losses, are always possible. If a package gets lost in transit, I will have plenty of inventory to replace and reship the items.

I will be in the US for the month of November and will be shipping out US and international orders during that time. Most US orders should be received by mid-November.

I return to Costa Rica in early December and will ship (or personally deliver) all Costa Rica orders by Dec 12th. If any Costa Rican residents are ordering books or calendars as gifts, I will gift-wrap and ship them to your recipients from the US in November, if you would like.

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