Butterfly house

Last week kicked off with a holiday – and what better way of spending it than visiting some sights we haven’t seen before?

Not content with the sweltering heat of an unexpectedly hot day, we decided to visit the Butterfly House …

… which was alarmingly hot and humid just like the tropics.

My camera immediately misted up, as did my glasses, so that the rows of chrysalises from which more butterflies would hatch, hung in the misty air like ghostly bats.

We saw a delightful variety of butterflies, but not as many as I had imagined, and I was feeling slightly disappointed when this luminous beauty landed on Sir Pe.

She flexed her long legs to show off the pollen collected there like golden nuggets and flapped her ruby wings shyly before flying off to land on my shoulder.

Oh, the changes a butterfly goes through to achieve such enchanting beauty!

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56 responses

  1. WOW – great photo of the pollen on the Butterfly! I agree, the humidity in a Butterfly Pavilion is like in the rain forest – I visit one in Denver frequently with my Grands.

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    May 25, 2010 at 04:34

  2. What a beautiful butterfly you capture here! Must have been a fun visit to the tropical butterfly house.

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    May 25, 2010 at 04:37

  3. I’ve always wanted to go to a Butterfly pavilion.

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    May 25, 2010 at 04:40

  4. I visited a butterfly house outside of Denver. It was awesome!

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    May 25, 2010 at 04:51

  5. What a fantastic capture! I love it! What an exquisite creature! I would love to visit one of those! The joy I find in your posts is your ability to see beauty, find excitement in the most lovely and delightful things. Things that are available to many, but are seen by so few! Have a beautiful week, my friend!

    Sylvia

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    May 25, 2010 at 05:48

  6. So what was up with those dead looking palm trees..did they actually try to grow them outdoors? Those are some wild woman leggings..but you wear them well! I see the anklebiters are shy. We don’t have a local butterfly house..if there was one too many of us would try to move in during the winter:)

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    May 25, 2010 at 06:19

    • Those dead looking trees are wooden posts that make up part of an art installation I think…

      Had to laugh at your comment about moving into a hot butterfly house during the winter!

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      May 25, 2010 at 06:22

  7. Beautiful shots. Now a days I see lot of colorful butterflies flying near my house. They are not sitting in one place and too fast for to be clicked.

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    May 25, 2010 at 06:50

  8. wonderful place to visit on your holiday

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    May 25, 2010 at 07:13

  9. Thank you for showing me such wonders that I would never know existed in Iceland.

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    May 25, 2010 at 07:28

    • I live in Sweden… but yes, it’s fairly icy a lot of the time! 😉

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      May 25, 2010 at 08:46

  10. wonderful encounter with a winged beauty. thanks for sharing your world.

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    May 25, 2010 at 07:39

  11. Wonderful world Lady Fi.

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    May 25, 2010 at 07:56

  12. ahahahahahahI have the same problem when I visited there, last year…nice day, Fi

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    May 25, 2010 at 08:01

  13. that is a wonderful capture!!

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    May 25, 2010 at 09:28

  14. Amy

    This is cool Lady Fi!! And it must have been nice to feel the tropics if only for a short while after the winter we’ve had???

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    May 25, 2010 at 09:43

  15. I bet you were all of a flutter after that visit.

    P.S. Iceland, Sweden, whatever!

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    May 25, 2010 at 10:28

  16. Just the thought of all that heat…
    Great shot, by the way – lovely to have a butterfly come so near!

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    May 25, 2010 at 10:51

  17. lilalia

    Thanks for the post. Didn’t even know there were things like butterfly pavilions. Will have to check out our area!

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    May 25, 2010 at 11:03

  18. You went on holiday to a butterfly pavilion?

    Great butterfly shot.

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    May 25, 2010 at 11:07

  19. The last shot is amazing!!

    Have a great week 🙂

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    May 25, 2010 at 11:39

  20. A lovely, enchanting post. I used to have a butterfly house near to where we lived. It always felt like a mini holiday to visit.x

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    May 25, 2010 at 11:41

  21. Lady Fi,

    I’ve just added this link to my blogpost – Lord Charles in action.

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    May 25, 2010 at 11:44

  22. The way the change from multi-legged eating machines to six legged flying machines is nothing short of miraculous!

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    May 25, 2010 at 12:25

  23. Beautiful little creatures! So delicate.

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    May 25, 2010 at 13:21

  24. LadyFi: It is always wonderful to get to see a lot of willing butterflies.

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    May 25, 2010 at 14:06

  25. Butterflies really are little miracles aren’t they? We’ve been fortunate to visit a few of these pavillions in our travels — one time with our nature-loving grandson — that was the best! But I’d go again anytime we’re near one. Here where we are now in hot and humid SW Florida, there are a couple of butterfly parks — all the right stuff planted to attract them. No pavilion needed.

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    May 25, 2010 at 14:46

  26. What a delightful way to spend a day. I long for some warmth, but you can keep the humidity.

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    May 25, 2010 at 15:02

  27. Such a magical experience & a great capture of the butterfly as well!

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    May 25, 2010 at 15:17

  28. Oh what lovely photos – I love your dress and leggings ensemble. The butterfly is lovely as well.

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    May 25, 2010 at 15:34

  29. what a magical place…we went to a butterfly enclosure recently and it was wonderful for them to be swirling around us…

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    May 25, 2010 at 15:44

  30. Pat

    What fun—to visit a butterfly house! My hubby and I visited one in Costa Rica—saw lots of blue butterflies.

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    May 25, 2010 at 15:56

  31. Oh wow, I wish I was there, havent seen a butterfly here my place for ages.

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    May 25, 2010 at 16:53

  32. I love how you captured the pollen on her legs! Wonderful!

    We’ve been in several butterfly houses and I always rush to get out. How can I forget the heat and humidity from visit to visit?

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    May 25, 2010 at 17:17

  33. Butterfly sanctuaries are incredible. But. So hot. 🙂

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    May 25, 2010 at 21:23

  34. seems like a great day despite the humid. 🙂

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    May 25, 2010 at 22:17

  35. That butterfly shot is awesome!

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    May 25, 2010 at 22:50

  36. Oh what a gorgeous critter. Nice capture.

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    May 25, 2010 at 23:27

  37. Clive

    We love butterflies here – hugely!

    That last photo was magnificent!

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    May 26, 2010 at 00:37

  38. We have a similiar place here and I love going with my grandkids. Butterflies are a bit of a miracle and your photo is enchanting.

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    May 26, 2010 at 01:27

  39. ed

    i never even heard of a butterfly house, and now my imagination is lit with the idea.

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    May 26, 2010 at 02:10

  40. I love butterfly houses … but they are very very hot!

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    May 26, 2010 at 03:15

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  42. That butterfly is stunning!!!!!
    Happy Tuesday,
    jj

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    May 26, 2010 at 07:59

  43. HPH

    Ugh! My glasses always steam up in topiaries!

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    May 26, 2010 at 12:42

  44. Wonderful photos. I love your leggings!

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    May 26, 2010 at 16:49

  45. Happy Wednesday!

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    May 26, 2010 at 19:01

  46. Deb

    Butterflies certainly are amazing creatures. I used to teach first grade and we would collect caterpillars and watch as they turned into Monarch Butterflies…amazing transformation ! We would then release the butterflies so they could make the journey to Mexico. Thanks for sharing this post and helping me relive some wonderful memories. Take care.

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    May 26, 2010 at 20:54

  47. Before I left for Europe, I saw snow picture after snow, and now I hear TROPICAL HEAT! What happened?
    I also saw a butterfly exhibit at the Museaum of Natural Science in London.

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    May 27, 2010 at 00:00

  48. There’s a small butterfly house a few kilometres north of where I live. Now I’m thinking I ought to check it out!

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    May 27, 2010 at 01:33

  49. That has to be an amazing place to spend a day. Great shot.

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    May 27, 2010 at 04:20

  50. What a treat! I can’t believe how beautiful that butterfly with the pollen is…a perfect shot!

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    May 27, 2010 at 04:58

  51. Ji

    lovely!

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    May 28, 2010 at 09:34

  52. Sounds like you had a good time and saw some wonderful creatures!

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    May 28, 2010 at 21:13

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