pit stop with the butterflies~

As promised ... I thought I'd share some of our vacation with my fellow bloggers :)

One of the places we made a pit stop at was the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.  We have been there before when the garden were in full bloom, the Rose Garden, Fullers Garden, the Japanese Garden, and they are beautiful; but this time of the year nothing was in full bloom yet.  We knew this; but that wasn't the reason for our pit stop this year.  This year we wanted to see something new that we had seen advertised.

We went to the Conservatory to see the "Butterflies in the Garden", sponsored by the Fort Worth Garden Club, Fort Worth Botanical Society and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.  They are as beautiful as the flowers and it was a wonderful way to spend a day.

It was very hot and humid in there ~ it took your breath away; but so worth it!  Not only were we in awe of the foliage and exotic plants ~ what really caught your breath were the butterflies.  All 12,000 of them ... released from Asia, Africa, South, Central and North America.

Now... you would think with that many butterflies fluttering around it would be an easy task to photograph them.  Wrong... in fact, it was really really hard to get a snapshot of them fluttering about.  They were sooooooooo fast ....... and your camera would fog up something fierce.  They had hair dryers along the walk way to defog your lenses.  Pretty cool idea, huh?

You would also think that they would be super easy to spot ... wrong again ... it was amazing how they blended in with the flowers and leaves.  But what was really amazing was the size of some of them.  The blue morphos are as big as your hand ... and even they were hard to get a snapshot of.  BUT... we persevered and did get some great photos.  Some of them though I must admit; I borrowed from the internet.

Here are some of the butterflies we saw: (in no particular order) malay lacewing, red cracker, malachite, great egg fly, orange longwing, small postman, zebra longwing, blue morpho, great mormon, paper kite, ruby spotted swallowtail, plain tiger and tailed jay.

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I hope you enjoyed the photo tour.
Until next time...
So it goes in my neck of the woods.


  1. And we all thought you were just goofing off. Wow I didn't know there were that many species of butterflies. You do a good job of making one want to see them.

    Getting away is great, and remembering what you enjoyed is a treat. Thanks for letting us in on the beauty!
    We did miss you!

  2. But you are in a little trouble, I am a little afraid to mention it. But Sherry made those 'Finger Licking Good bars.'
    Everyone liked them! I couldn't imagine why, they were Chocolate!
    LOL we enjoyed them!

  3. Mel, the photographs of the butterflies are absolutely gorgeous! I love butterflies...they are so graceful as they flutter around. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

  4. The butterflies are so beautiful. I think that place would be something I would enjoy so much.

  5. Wow, Mel, you sure were fortunate to be there when those beauties were released...Did they explain why so much humidity? You would think it would not be favorable to the butterflies...heat, yes. hmmm They sure are awesome. Glad you got to see them, knowing how much you and Slim both are identifying them all the time. Great entry
    Bless Your Fluttering Hearts

  6. I LOVE this posting! Beautiful collage of pics (even if you didn't take them)
    I love the pic of Slim pointing for you to see that one special butterfly out of 12,000 ~ lol

  7. Your trip sounds wonderful and you are right, Branson is a Tourist Trap. The shows are good but pricy. I love the butterflies, how fun, huh??

  8. RE: Cher... you have to give me 3/4 of the credit for the photos.

  9. Love the memories of this and the one of you and
    Slim is adorable - am proud of my photography -
    although I have to say that you two don't EVEN
    move as fast as those flutterby's.
    Love ya's - me