As luck would have it, we were able to go spend this last weekend with my parents. Normally, we really don't do all that much when we go home for a visit. This weekend, though, The Green Woman decided to bestow upon us two very nice gifts.
First, we were able to visit Powell Gardens for the annual Festival of the Butterflies. Quite frankly, I'm surprised I got as many good pictures as I did, given the quality of my camera and the general nature of the subject!
Here are my favorites from inside the conservatory:
This is a Blue Morpho. They are literally as big as my hand, and they were everywhere! When they settle down, they fold their wings as a defensive move, and as they move very quickly in the air I wasn't able to get the picture I wanted.
The local Monarch organization (and I didn't get their name...whoops!) had a "Caterpillar Petting Zoo" set up in a tent outside. They had tons of educational information, and lots of opportunities for up close and personal events with the butterflies.
I think my favorite part, though, was the tent that you passed through on the way into the visitor's center as you arrived. These are more native butterflies, and they were a delight!
This last is my absolute favorite picture. I may end up printing and framing it....
And tomorrow I'll talk about the Green Woman's second gift.