The one that got away

Enormous butterfly on the lam from Butterfly Gardens

Butterfly by GPS artist Stephen Lund in Victoria, BC, Canada GPS Garmin Strava art cyclist cycling creativity animals insects butterfly wildlife Butterfly Gardens

This GPS-art butterfly — doodled by GPS artist Stephen Lund — required 44 kilometres of cycling on the streets of Victoria, BC

It’s blustery in Victoria today. And those gusty winds, it appears, picked up the biggest, reddest specimen from Butterfly Gardens some 20 km up the peninsula and deposited it smack dab in the middle of the city!

Shifty winds notwithstanding, I had fun doodling this GPS butterfly as my route followed streets and paths in one continuous line from beginning to end. (In other words, there was no need for “dot-connecting” and all the stopping and starting that comes with it.)

Total distance cycled to create this lepidopteric beauty: an even 44 kilometres (27 and a third miles).

I rotated the mapped image 90º CCW for ease of viewing.

See it on Strava *

* Note: The GPS points will render correctly only if you are logged in at

About Stephen

Brand strategist and creative director by day. Hyper-competitive GPS-art obsessed cyclist most of the rest of the time.
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6 Responses to The one that got away

  1. Jesska says:

    Now that really is cool 🙂 (And at least you got a picture before it got away from the city, too…)


  2. Ha! This is fantastic! I often thought about GPS ar
    t when I was studying for my fine art degree. Well done. Very beautiful 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. FUN! Your posts are always so much fun. I have to admit to living my bicycling vicariously through your posts.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Stephen says:

      Passengers and tag-alongs, vicarious or otherwise, are always welcome. Thanks for your comment. Come on up and join me for a ride some time. It really is all-caps FUN!


  4. Pingback: Cyclist Creates GPS Art Doodles by Riding His Bike

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