Friday, August 31, 2012

Butterfly Love

All summer, it felt like there were butterflies all around us: on hikes, at the property, in the front yard... So we went to the Butterfly Pavilion in Broomfield. It had been a long time since I was up there but I wanted to bring miss m for the first time.


Sitting in the greenhouse with all the butterflies fluttering around you is pretty uplifting. M and her friend B just ran around terrorizing each other but I enjoyed the light flutters and sitting at a bench in front of a bay window where you can literally watch them coming out of their cocoons - hundreds of them hanging there in lines, some cocoons bobbing, other ripped open with a slow moving butterfly next to the old home.

The other thing that was interesting to me was two butterflies making sweet, sweet butterfly love on a leaf in the middle of the room. I stopped and stared and took photos for quite some time (what can I say, I'm a voyeur. I look when at the zoo or in any other public place where we have fashioned a pseudo-environment for the animals in our world; why not learn that piece of their lives too). I mean really, how many of you have ever seen two butterflies getting it on? It was quite impressive as they slowly opened and closed their wings and never once faced each other.

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