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.
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