Saturday, October 2, 2004

Butterfly kisses and hummingbird toungs

     After reading the ultra depressing entry that I wrote in the middle of the night last night, I thought I should treat myself to a very uplifting experience today. I thought Butterfly World might be just what the Doctor ordered, I love this place.

     As you walk toward the building the first thing you notice is the beautiful classical music that is piped in throughout the park and you know right away that it is time to relax and unwind. Ahhh ...

     Butterfly World is only about a 15 minute drive, we are very lucky to have this gorgeous park right here in our own backyard. This was the very first park of it's kind in the United Stated and it is the largest in the world. There are over 150 different varieties of butterflies found here throughout the year and I can't tell you how amazing it is to walk through the enchanted gardens surrounded by 3000 + butterflies floating all around you.

     If any of you are planning a trip to South Florida let me know, maybe we could meet for a magical walk where the butterflies fly, feed, court and bask in the tropical sun.

     Inside the aviary the life span of these beauties is doubled to an average of 14 day's compared to 7 day's in the wild. Some varieties can live for 10 months or more.

     I did get a few good photos, I found myself wishing that I had been paying more attention to Stephen's suggestions in his Sometimes Photo Blog , he's been getting in a lot of practice taking butterfly photos lately and has journal is always full of good advice.

     I think that I was almost as excited about the hummingbird aviaries as the butterflies. It's not everyday that you get such an up close and personal look at these amazing little jewels. I spent the whole afternoon trying to photograph the hummingbirds sticking out there little tongs at me.LOL

     The lighting in the hummingbird aviaries was not conducive to taking good photos at that particular time of day, almost impossible to shoot with the sun to your back. I'll have to play around there at different times of the day.

     The gardens themselves were so awesome, you can't have happy butterflies and hummingbirds without lots of beautiful flowers. On my way out I bought some of the loveliest little note cards if any of you care to send me your address, I'll make sure to get one right out to you. I love snail mail.

                                               *** Coy *** 

16 comments:

stormie4851 said...

Beeeeeeeeautiful.......................Stormie

bookncoffee said...

OH, I have always loved the butterfly houses.  There's one in St. Louis at the zoo and also close to St. Charles, MO.  Visted a smaller one recently in San Antonio at their zoo.  Just beautiful.  This is a cheerful expeirence!

cneinhorn said...

Wow, I've never heard of this place.  It will definately be on my list to visit next time I'm in Florida, but you know I'll have to contact you before I go to get more information!  Little One adores butterflies, she'll just love this place.  I love your photo collages, especially now that I have cable internet and they load oh-so-fast.  I don't think your previous entry was depressing, it was real and honest.  Sometimes I feel guilty if I gripe about something in my journal, but you gotta write about what's real and what's going on.  

Anyway, Welcome Back to J-land!  :-)

~JerseyGirl

indigosunmoon said...

What a beautiful picture!!!
Absolutely gorgeous Coy!
-Connie

jeanno43 said...

Stunning!!! How it brightened up a dull rainy morning here to open up your journal and see the beautiful pictures. Of course, we do not have Humming Birds in England.  We used to have a lot of Butterfly places but there are only a few left now and most of them are the other side of the country.  I adore butterflies.  Thank you for sharing these delightful pics.

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deabvt said...

Wow, Coy. Happiness is back, with a vengeance!
Thanks   V

ann7inflorida said...

These pics are AWESOME!!! What an incredible place! : )

ggal3133 said...

oh wow sounds AMAZING and I love the pictures!
Thanks for a moment of blissful peace :)

derasta said...

Beautiful pictures...thanks for sharing them!

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sepintx said...

Love these as I recognize just about every plant, flower and butterfly! Like Paper white butterfly shots you have! The indoor habitat in Houston is a very peaceful place. Even though it's a photo rich place, I've found that it's also super tough to shoot in. It's easier as the butterflies are everywhere, but the light is all over the place. I like to just sit and wait for the butterflies to come passing by.

Love the passion flowers too!

krobbie67 said...

Great pics! Those flowers are so unusual. I don't think I've seen anything like them. And, the place sounds amazing. I'll be going to FL soon but I don't think I'll be making it to South Florida. Too bad, maybe someday. A stroll through there with you sounds divine. :-) ---Robbie

dbaumgartner said...

Wonderful Pics!  I'll bet you felt better after going to Butterfly World.  I don't think we have anything like that around here.

sonensmilinmon said...

We have a small butterfly place ..I doubt it's anything like this one.  Where is rhis located?

Monica

emfeasel said...

Awesome pics!

E

judithheartsong said...

I have always wanted to visit this place.... never made it while I was still in FLA.

nanmm11 said...

well as usual your pics and descriptions are of the best!! The only butterflys I saw is when a "stick" of butter flew out of my hands onto the floor!! lol thanks for the real thing!!