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Victoria's Butterfly Gardens, Part 4: Even More Beautiful Butterflies, Plants and Animals! (+10 insets)

Victoria's Butterfly Gardens, Part 4: Even More Beautiful Butterflies, Plants and Animals! (+10 insets)
(+10 insets!) (Please scroll down to "Today's Pictures" for image information)

Trip Talk: Victoria Butterfly Gardens...The Show Continues!
Visiting a butterfly garden is something everyone should do if you have the chance. Have you ever done a Google Search to find out if there is a butterfly house nearby? You may find yourself surprised! In my case, by including "Near Me" along with "Butterfly House" I learned of a place just two hours away! It has butterflies during summer months, along with other attractions in the area for us to enjoy when visiting. What fun! It will be something to look forward to right in our own backyard!

Steve and I spent about an hour or two at the Butterfly Gardens and every time we walked around the enclosure we'd see many things we hadn't noticed the last time around. It's just so profusely planted and filled with animals to discover, it was wonderful.

Today's Pictures
My main picture today features a Red Postman butterfly, which can be found in Mexico, Central and parts of South America. It's named for the way it follows a daily route, just like a mail carrier! :) There are between 20-40 subspecies which often interbreed because of overlapping territories. The resulting hybrids are an interesting blend but are often sterile. If you'd like more information, I found a fascinating web page which has many pictures of these butterflies and includes their locations.

Inset 1: Check out this gorgeous Zebra Mosaic Butterfly! I am crazy about its pattern!

Inset 2: I got some very nice details on this otherwise unremarkable and unidentified brown butterfly. I cannot help myself from trying to figure out what species each butterfly is but it's often a lost cause. Did you know there are over 17,500 species around the world? It's no wonder I rarely find the exact species when I look!

Inset 3: There is a wonderful display at the Butterfly Gardens where their caterpillars are raised. This one was enormous and I enjoyed watching it move along the underside of a stem, munching leaves as it went. What a crazy shape and color…and if you can see, there's another small caterpillar at the top of the image too.

Inset 4: A lovely pair of butterflies feeding on a slice of grapefruit. The more visible butterfly is a Malachite--thank you Anne Eliot for the positive id!--but the other one? Nope, can't tell you what species it is, though I looked and looked! It's so hard to resist searching, even though it's usually hopeless! :D Let me know if you come up with something! :)

Inset 5: There was a pair of macaws to admire, a Blue-and-Gold and this one, the magnificent Green-Wing. Are you surprised I didn't say it was a Scarlet Macaw? I have a link here, which shows a picture of a Blue-and-Gold, a Scarlet and a Green-Wing Macaw so you can see the difference!

Inset 6: These Guzmania Bromeliad flowers got my attention where they bloomed next to the main path in the Butterfly Gardens. I had some fun changing the path's color to something more attractive!

Inset 7: A trio of Blue Sky Vine flowers that hung down from where they were growing on some tropical trees. These beauties are officially called Thunbergia grandiflora and part of a group of about 100 species. These plants are fast-growing and if the conditions are good, will establish themselves easily, often becoming invasive.

Inset 8: Imagine my delight when I found an area of a pond that was covered with lily pads and flowers! They are one of my favorite water plants and I think this one is an Egyptian Lotus.

Inset 9: This Blue Sky Vine tendril turned and began twining up itself, creating a natural green hangman's noose! In the background you can see a group of flowers in bokeh. :)

Inset 10: The textures of this leaf were too much for me to resist! Sadly I didn't get any crisp pictures of the entire leaf but I believe it was from a Canna Lily plant.

Pam, I'm not at all surprised to learn that you've gotten pictures of 53 species where you live, but WOW!!! That's just amazing to me!! I don't dare count the species I've captured but it's probably only about 20 or so I reckon. I'd hoped to find more butterflies this season while we traveled around but unfortunately there weren't many opportunities where I could just chill out and wait for butterflies to visit. We're hoping that our future travels will include much longer stays here and there so I can correct this extreme frustration. Truly, I was pretty unhappy that we couldn't just BE more often because we felt we needed to maximize on each location. I had visions of sitting by a moist place where butterflies gathered for minerals and water and spending an hour just taking pictures. Or finding an area full of flowers which had bunches of butterflies to capture images of. However, I did get a few pictures which made me really happy! We'll accommodate for Being In the Moment as we work out the kinks of our travels! :) Oh--and it sounds like we're both experiencing the same chilly mornings! *BIG HUGS from southern Oregon* :)

Explored on 11/03/19; highest placement #4.

appo-fam, Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*, micritter, Petar Bojić and 50 other people have particularly liked this photo

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cammino club
Fantastic butterly shots!!!
8 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
What a wonderful colours Janet; like the PiP's too.
8 months ago.
uwschu club
Wieder so eine schöne Serie mit Schmetterlingen
8 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
So beautiful ! Fine composition with great colours, Janet !
8 months ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Superb image, wonderful colours and detail, excellent PiP's.
8 months ago.
sunlight club
Eine großartige Serie von Fotos und sehr informative Beschreibungen; vielen Dank Janet !
8 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
tout ceci est grandiose janet !!
8 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Toujours magnifique et dans le même esprit
et dans la même configuration a savoir;
rendre ce que la nature a de mieux a nous
offrir dans sa diversité et sa biodiversité..
Bon Weekend.
8 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh these are amazing photos Janet. I just love the zebra butterfly and I was really surprised to see those two butterflies drinking from the slice of grapefruit. I thought most animals and insects stayed away from any citrus plants.

I love the bromeliads too - I remember my mum growing one and it was a beautiful bright red.
8 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Extraordinary series!

Admired in:
8 months ago.
 Josiane Dirickx
Josiane Dirickx club
Superbe cliché !!!
8 months ago.
 Marije Aguillo
Marije Aguillo club
Fantásticas tomas.
8 months ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
wie is nu de Vlinderprinces van Ipernity,,jij denk ik he janet,want deze zijn zo fantastisch!!!
8 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Magnifique photo avec notes. Nicole. HFF.
8 months ago.
 Maria W.
Maria W. club
Wooow!!! Belega papilio!!! Super foto!!! :)))
8 months ago.
 Marek Ewjan Stachowski
Marek Ewjan Stachows…
beautiful butterfly & attractive picture
( & interesting series )
have a nice Sunday, Janet ! → Marek-Ewjan
8 months ago.
 Pam J
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8 months ago.
RHH club
Which one to choose? Love butterflies and that first photo is a stunner, but so are the rest. Am partial to Bromeliads and that photo is a stunner... The Macaw is incredibly beautiful and so well photographed, as are the flowers... I give up. They all get awards today.

We are in a hotel in Bellingham - thought that the best choice with Neal along. He was so excited today he hardly slept in the car at all and usually he's asleep by the time we're out of the driveway. They gave him a new suitcase and some new clothes for the trip, too.

He saw his new niece for the first time and we saw her for the second time. She's darling. Enjoyed her other grandparents, too, who were here from Australia along with some of her aunts and an uncle by marriage. Knew them from Ed's wedding in 2016.

Tried some Aquavit that Ed made. It was very good. It's a Scandinavian liqueur that's made with spices. Will have to try making some as well. Has dill, citrus, star anise, carraway and fennel in it. I guess you can put other spices in as well, e.g., cardamum.

Tired from all the drivving and visiting, so that's it for now.
8 months ago.
 Horizon 36
Horizon 36 club
WOW a stunning capture, well done Janet
8 months ago.
 Anne Elliott
Anne Elliott club
#4, Malachite butterfly, I do believe, Janet. Someone else may have already given you the ID, but as it is way past midnight, I didn't read through all the comments : )
8 months ago.
 Treasa Ui Cionaodha
Treasa Ui Cionaodha club
A stunning series of images. Love the Macaw and bromeliads in particular. Well done Janet Regards Tess.
8 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
A terrific collection of interesting images with the quality we have come to expect from you Janet,
Wish you a lovely Sunday
8 months ago.
 Treasa Ui Cionaodha
Treasa Ui Cionaodha club
Back to say Congratulations in Explore. Well deserved for this image.
8 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
A truly beautiful bunch of images! A couple stood out for me.....the Red Postman butterfly and the sky blue vine flowers.
8 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Another beautiful series Janet
Good work.
Enjoy your Sunday ;-)
8 months ago.
Esther club
Your caterpillar shot just blew me away. What a fantastic insect. The other photo are beautifully composed and in perfect detail. Great job!
8 months ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Magnifique papillon et netteté !
8 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
gorgeous set of pictures.
8 months ago.
 Amelia Heath
Amelia Heath club
The main butterfly photo is stunning, but so are the rest. And that huge caterpillar .... Wow. What about the 2 butterflies sipping at the grapefruit? Wonderful - all of them.
8 months ago.
 Betty JW
Betty JW club
Marvelous photo and such a lovely subject.
Thank you for sharing in "Birds, Butterflies, Blooms, Dragonflies".
8 months ago.
 Helena Ferreira
Helena Ferreira club
8 months ago.
 John Lawrence
John Lawrence club
Stunning series of shots Janet, I think I have seen one this year!!
8 months ago.
Annemarie club
Wonderful Janet
8 months ago.
RHH club
Back home again. The trip was wonderful for the most part. We saw our new granddaughter for the second time and Neal saw her for the first time. He enjoyed that, the food and drink, meeting our daughter-in-law's family, seeing old friends in Lynden, the motel and the breakfast we had there, etc. The trip ended on a bit of a sour note, however. About 30 miles from home and about 2:30 am we hit a deer and smashed the front of the car so badly that it wasn't drive-able. Didn't even have time to swerve before hitting it. Had to call AAA and get a wrecker to tow us home. We are very tired as result - didn't get much sleep - and what we had was restless and fitful as you can well understand. Neal's caregivers had to come and pick him up and we are now waiting for the body shop to come and get the car. We'll see where we go from there. Surprised that a deer, especially the small deer we have here, could do so much damage. I'm a little bit afraid they are going to total the car, but we'll see.

Thankful that no one (except the deer) was hurt. Things can be replaced. People can't. A State Trooper stopped shortly after the accident and looked for the deer - wanted to make sure it wasn't in the road or lying wounded along the road, but couldn't find it. We've actually got quite a bit of the poor deer on the car - hair and blood and flesh, so I doubt it survived. Now all the hassle of insurance and repairs.

Beautiful sunny day here and a little warmer but not as pleasant as on the other side of the mountains. The weather was good the whole trip - sunny skies, dry roads, clear passes, all we could hope for. Miss the milder weather on the other side and am ready for spring here. Wish we could skip winter and the shoveling, icy roads, cold and all the rest. I don't deal with that very well unless I'm skiing or snowshoeing. Supposed to be a good week, weatherwise. Maybe I'll get out and see about some more sunsets.

Have the bird feeders out again and have had seven or eight species at the feeders already. The hummingbird and oriole feeders are down. The hummers departed around mid-August and we won't see them again until around May. Cleaned out the birdhouses and the birdbath and took the birdbath in. Have the boat all covered and ready for winter, so evven though we don't care for the season we're ready for it.

Guess that's about it. Thought I'd better let you and Steve know.
8 months ago. Edited 8 months ago.
 Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann club
Eine staunenswerte Serie. Der Besuch in den Butterfly Gardens hat sich gelohnt, Janet!
8 months ago.
 Gabi Lombardo
Gabi Lombardo club
gorgeous macro series!!
8 months ago.
tiabunna club
A marvellous series of images, Janet. I can imagine you'd be in your element there, I'm surprised that Steve was able to tear you away after only "an hour or two". :-))
8 months ago.
Valfal club
Wow, Janet, the sights you are seeing on this trip! What a beautiful collection of butterfly pictures you shot! You are indeed a pro! :-))
7 months ago.
micritter club
Exceptional work. Very beautifully done.
7 months ago.

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