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Victoria Butterfly Gardens
Mimic Kite Swallowtail
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Victoria's Butterfly Gardens, Part 3: Lovely Butterflies and More! (+9 insets)

Victoria's Butterfly Gardens, Part 3: Lovely Butterflies and More! (+9 insets)
(+9 insets!) (Please scroll down to "Today's Pictures" for image information)

Trip Talk: Victoria Butterfly Gardens...The Joy of Wandering Around an Artificial Jungle
How often have you gotten the chance to walk around a real jungle? I'm going to guess that it's not been too often! Steve and I are pretty lucky in that regard. Together we've been to Costa Rica and Belize (with a short visit to Guatemala's Tikal Pyramid) and Hawaii's Maui too. The incredible diversity of flora and fauna is staggering, and I'd have to say that the Butterfly Gardens did a fantastic job filling every nook and cranny with plants.

One of the things that I really liked was the mix of plants and animals that didn't normally live together. Whenever I've seen displays of various plant locals or animals, the installation has always been as true to life as possible. But at the Butterfly Gardens, their concern only seemed to be what grew well in the warm, humid conditions there. Hibiscus and pitcher plants rubbed leaves with cactus and ficus! Orchids and daisies mixed happily with bromeliads and philodendrons! I enjoyed it all

I was delighted to learn that the larger animals that lived there were all rescues, which made it extra special. And it was obvious that everything was very happy and healthy there. The feeling in there was just wonderful. :)

Today's Pictures
The main image today shows a butterfly that I believe is called a Mimic Kite Swallowtail. Showing smokey black with pink and white accents on the outer wings, the inside featured gleaming black and red wings with white spots. Their juicy red and black bodies were so striking and I wished I'd been able to get more pictures of this beauty. However, this one turned out great and that's really all that I needed! :)

Inset 1: This is a lovely pair of Red Postman butterflies…can you believe I managed to capture one in flight?! WOOT! The background was busy enough that I spent some time to fade the background a bit with some added texture.

Inset 2: This beauty is a Red-Footed Tortoise, which is indigenous to South America. They can grow to be 16" long and can live 30 years or more.

Inset 3: This tortoise shell just screamed to be a close-up texture, so here it is!

Inset 4: A single blossom from the Thunbergia grandiflora, also commonly called Blue Sky Vine, Bengal Trumpet, Blue Trumpet Vine, Royal Clock Vine or Indian Sky Vine. Though I can't figure out what everything is, I've had fun trying to identify all the plants and animals I photographed. It's always so much more meaningful to know what it is you've got a picture of! This beauty is native to China, India, Nepal, Indochina and Burma and widely naturalized elsewhere.

Inset 5: I was amazed to discover these huge peace lilies with their towering flowers. I had no idea that some species grew to six feet tall! Another surprise was learning there are 40 different species!

Inset 6: A close-up of a peace lily's stalk and its white flower behind. In truth, the stalk is actually called a spadix, which is a type of blossom made up of many small flowers on a fleshy stem. The white "flower" behind isn't actually a flower at all! It's called a "spathe", a modified leaf known as a bract that forms a sheath around the spadix!

Inset 7: Another image of a peace lily's spadix. These flowers were named for the similarity of their white flowers (spathes) to the white flags of peace. Another interesting fact is that they aren't lilies at all and are instead a tropical perennial.

Inset 8: An Owl Butterfly resting on what I believe is a red pinecone ginger flower. And yes, they are edible--but it's the leaves you can eat--the red blossom can be gently squeezed and the liquid which comes out is used as a shampoo! Amazing!

Inset 9: On the large maps found around the main garden, this was aptly named the "Turtle Log." What fun to see all of these happy guys enjoying their safe resting spot! Thanks to Pam for the positive identification of these Red-Eared Terrapins! *high five*

Pam, have you ever counted the number of butterfly species you've photographed? I bet it's quite the total and I've always admired the number of different types you've gotten pictures of. I'm going to guess the number of wild species I've photographed is probably about a dozen or so. You have certainly been blessed with good luck and awesome patience to have captured so many varieties! :) Well, I'm hoping all is ok in your world…it's turned into an Indian summer here, though the mornings are frosty! *BIG HUGS FROM SOUTHERN OREGON*!

Explored on 11/01/19; highest placement #7.

HelenaPF, appo-fam, Loule, niraK68 and 50 other people have particularly liked this photo

41 comments - The latest ones
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8 months ago.
 Betty JW
Betty JW club
Terrific photo of the beauty! Thank you for sharing in "Birds, Butterflies, Blooms, Dragonflies".
8 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
les notes sont de pures merveilles janet !!
8 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Phenomenal shots!

Admired in:
8 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Merci encore de nous faire découvrir ces merveilles,
c'est toujours un plaisir de savourer.
8 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
What amazing pictures here, Janet. I just love the butterflies and the tortoises, especially the ones on the tortoise roll. How on earth did anyone find out that the leaves of that red pinecone flower could be eaten, and the red blossom thingy was great for a shampoo? I often wonder how things like this get found out.
8 months ago.
 Ronald Losure
Ronald Losure club
Another gorgeous collection, Janet.
8 months ago.
Esther club
You captured some wonderful photos, as always. I especially like the close up of the peace lily.
8 months ago.
RHH club
They are all wonderful, Janet, but my favorite is the Owl Butterfly on the Ginger. That is a phenomenal shot, though all of them deserve to be called phenomenal. Thought your notes on that favorite of mine were wonderful, too. Food and shampoo from the same plant, who'd a thunk it. You could be eating and washing your hair at the same time! and all out in the jungle.

Someone wondered how it was discovered that the ginger plant had such uses, but I think it's obvious. They were out walking in the jungle, tripped and fell on the plant, their head crushed the flowers and they ended up with a leaf in their mouth and voila! Actually, I've often wondered the same thing - did someone have to die to discover that a plant was poisonous?

Went out last night to photograph the sunset - don't want to get left to far in the dust by your-photo-taking-self. Last night's sunset was magnificent. Went out again tonight but the sunset, though nice was not as breath-taking. It's just a short walk down to the lake, so I have no excuse for not going more often. Have been out walking with the camera, too.

Had a nice shakshuka for breakfast and Nancy and Neal finished it for lunch. We add quinoa to it and like it just that little bit drier - also a bit of chicken stock. Sometimes we add a bit of chicken as well. Have you ever tried it? I don't think there's anything in it you wouldn't eat, but I'm not sure. We have it for breakfast but also for other meals with the chicken.

Neal is going trick-or-treating this evening to the other cottages at Lakeland and came home this morning already dressed for it. He had on a white coat and stethoscope and a name tag, with Doctor Hanko. He is imitating his older sister who is a doctor. He was hilarious but I didn't let him practice his lack of skills on me, nor did his mom.

We are kind of out in the country, so we don't get anyone coming to the door. That may also be the result of our turning out the lights and pretending we're not home, however. Never let out kids go either - just too many issues with all the sugar, the weirdos out there, and just general disinterest in the whole holiday. Neal, I think, is the only one who's gone.

Guess that's about it.
8 months ago. Edited 8 months ago.
 Pam J
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8 months ago.
 Mario Vargas
Mario Vargas club
great macro
8 months ago.
uwschu club
sehr schöne Aufnahme, das geschwungene Blatt ist ein guter Blickfang
8 months ago.
 Soeradjoen (very limited time)
Soeradjoen (very lim… club
Fantastic series!
8 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Beautiful colours and details; and again a wonderful series Janet.
Have a nice weekend.
8 months ago.
 Treasa Ui Cionaodha
Treasa Ui Cionaodha club
Fantastic capture of this beautiful butterfly. Great series of inset shots also.. Well done Janet Regards Tess.
8 months ago.
Nouchetdu38 club
Great macro shot and nice insets!!!!!!!
Well done!******
8 months ago.
 Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann club
A fantastic series! Have a nice weekend, Janet.
8 months ago.
tiabunna club
A marvellous series with interesting note, Janet. Have a great weekend.
8 months ago.
 Alan H
Alan H club
Lovely set of photos.
8 months ago.
sunlight club
Eine fantastische Fotoserie mit Beschreibung Janet !
8 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
A wonderful series, Janet ! Chapeau !
8 months ago.
 Marije Aguillo
Marije Aguillo club
Excelentes tomas.
8 months ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Wow! fabulous image, wonderful PiP's - Have a nice weekend Janet.
8 months ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
delightful capture, excellent shot and I enjoyed the rich series too !
8 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Good work Janet, love all the pips too.
Have a nice weekend my friend ;-)
8 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Excellent. Nicole.
8 months ago.
ART! love the reddish color
8 months ago.
RHH club
May I change my mind and like this photo best? The more I look at it the more I like it. The detail and colors are wonderful and the lighting perfect. Black is such a hard thing to photograph well - it usually appears as a dark blot - but you've nailed this, and I'm going to give the award to it, but without looking at the ginger-butterfly photo again.

Keto Shakshuka! Looked it up and there are endless variations and they all sound just as good as what we make. Didn't realize tomatoes were not keto friendly, but it looks like there are plenty of substitutes. Love the eggs when the yolk is still soft and runs down into the rest of the dish and all the feta on top. Hope you were able to make it and liked it.

Another beautiful sunny day here, but very cold. Temps have not been much above freezing all week. Don't really mind, though, if the sun is shining. Went down again to the lake last night for sunset photos but the sunset wasn't much - clear skies and not a lot of color.

Thankful I don't have to go on a low carb diet, though. I have all I can do to keep my weight up. Still about 20 pounds below pre-surgery weight and if I don't eat enough it immediately plummets. Got out of the sugar habit years ago and still don't eat much of that. You are right about how awful sweet stuff tastes when you don't eat much of it.

Nancy is baking - have a get together tonight and she's doing some lemon bars and I don't know what else. Then it's packing for tomorrow's trip to Lynden with Neal. He hasn't been there and is eager to see his new niece, but having him along is hard work. We've left an extra hour for stops along the way for food and bathroom.

Burned my hand badly a few days ago - the whole inside of my hand. Grabbed a pan handle that I thought was cool and wasn't. Immediately put ice on it for a few hours and then covered it with aloe and a glove and it never blistered or hurt except right after I burned it. Amazing how well the two worked and it saved a lot of healing.

Better get at packing and some other things.
8 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
An amazing series of truly wonderful close up images Janet, I do like the colors and the terrific detail, great work!
8 months ago.
cammino club
A wonderful series of perfect images. Great!!!
8 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
superbe shots!
8 months ago.
RHH club
8 months ago.
ColRam club
Magnifique Janet
Bon week end
8 months ago.
micritter club
Another super series.
8 months ago.
RHH club
Leaving shortly to pick up Neal and head over the mountains. Will comment later.
8 months ago.
dgmphoto club
Impressive set of images
8 months ago.
 Josiane Dirickx
Josiane Dirickx club
Grandiose capture ! Bravo ********************************
8 months ago.
 Gliip N
Gliip N club
Давно я к вам не заглядывала. (((( Великолепная серия фотографий!
8 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
A delightful series of shots!
8 months ago.
Ruth club
I love this one Janet, it’s so hard to decide which is my favourite butterfly, they all look amazing and your images are just superb.
8 months ago.
Valfal club
Simply amazing series, Janet!
8 months ago.

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