|Rice Paper Butterfly|
|The "Emergence Window"|
|Blue Morpho Butterfly (top view)|
|Blue Morpho (bottom view)|
Here are a few pictures of some of the other species we saw today, along with our best guesses for what type each one is:
|Still life with Banded Orange and Reebok|
A few of them tried to hitch a ride on us, such as with this Banded Orange on my shoe. I already knew that it's very bad for butterflies if humans come into contact with their wings; however, today I learned that it's dangerous for them if a human touches them anywhere. One of the staffers came along and helped urge this little guy off of my foot with a laminated card. We had a couple of other stowaways as well, as you can see from the next pictures.
<-----There were lots of cool plants....
....and even a tarantula!----->
It was a lot of fun, but I have to say I don't know if it would have been worth it at full price. I think $13/adult might be a bit steep for what was being offered there but, since we only paid $5 each, we really got our money's worth. The vast majority of the kids and parents there were well-behaved; however, there were three old-enough-to-know-better brats doing laps at full speed along the pathways. Quite dangerous for the butterflies and birds who lived there; a couple of finches bobbing along the walkway were almost trampled. Sad to see such bad parenting and I really think someone from the Conservatory should have stepped in and done something about it. It didn't ruin the day by any means, but it's just so irritating and unnecessary. It's not a park or playground, it's a peaceful, almost meditative spot. Most people there understood this without it having to be explained to them. Ah well, always a few bad apples in every barrel.
On the way home we drove up to Elora and puttered around in town there for a while. It's a bit disappointing these days: the Elora Gorge is as beautiful as ever, of course, but the town itself is not nearly as funky as it used to be. The shops are a lot more "gourmet" and expensive (even the ice cream was ridiculously priced) and many of our favourite shops from the past have closed or changed hands (some more than once). A real pity, but perhaps if we just stay away from the overpriced touristy stuff in future visits and spend all our time at the gorge it will be a more satisfying trip. Still....overall a greatly successful first "Road Trip" of the Spring!
For some terrific pictures of last night's "Super Moon" and other cosmic wonders, please take a look at Knatolee's World. (Her blog also appears in the "Blogs I Like" sidebar on the right, but the link I provided her is directly to her post about the moon.) Thanks!