Mot and I were able to drive down to St. Louis to visit my aunt and uncle last weekend. I had one last vacation day for the year burning a hole in my pocket...and he happened to have the full weekend off. The sun, moon, and stars were aligned, so we took advantage of it!
We headed down Thursday night after I got home from work. I hadn't packed yet...so Mot got the animals ready, while I packed up some clothes and camera gear.
The stereo in my car was on it's last leg.....and we decided we couldn't have our road trip car without tunes, for the 6+ hour drive. Mot had a new one put in that afternoon...and we spent the drive to Kansas City messing around with the settings (yep, we left the owners manual at home...who know a car stereo required a masters degree in engineering and computer programming?)
The next morning we woke up, hit Waffle House for breakfast (can't turn up the opportunity, we don't have them in our neck of the woods), then headed out for the second half of the drive.
We arrived in St. Louis around lunch time....and spent the remaining day hanging out with Kent and Linda (Linda is my dad's sister).
We hadn't seen them since the trips to New Mexico last summer to see my grandpa...so it was awesome to get to hang out with them!!!!
Saturday morning the four of us got up, made breakfast, grabbed the camera gear, and headed to the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, for March Morphos Madness. :-)
As we walked into the actual butterfly exit room.....any stresses, pressures, and worries disappeared completely. The MINUTE you walk in, you are surrounded by the creatures. This month's butterfly of the month is the Morphos butterfly....and everywhere you looked there were large blue butterflies.
After you walked around a while, you also started noticing the other species as well.
A little in-flight action.
Nej "Man, those butterflies are beating the crap out of each other."
Mot "Honey, I don't think that's what's going on."
Nej "oooohhhhh (giggle)"
Love the camouflage!!!
Unfortunately, this poor thing was dead. Their life span, after hatching (?), is only 3 weeks or so.
I was sitting on a rock wall...watching the little bugs flying around my head. (Yes, yes...butterflies are bugs to me. Pretty bugs, but still bugs. The scientific community who might be reading this are cringing...I know, I'm sorry!)
Anyway....this guy from the camera club walks up to me.....and says "Shhhhh....donnnnn't moooovvvvvve."
I couldn't help but picture Elmer Fudd (be vewy, vewy quiet..I'm huntin' wabbits), and worked hard to suppress a giggle or two.
Anyway, he leans over me...camera strap flapping me in the face (whilst I'm gaining intimate knowledge of his armpit) trying to sneak up on this poor, dead, butterfly who's final descent happened to land him on the same rock wall I was sitting.
I didn't have the heart to tell the guy it was dead. He was working so hard to not disturb it. :-)
The color inside the building was amazing! Between the butterflies, and the plant life...it was beautiful!!!
There's no way you can walk into that building mad, upset, or depressed...and stay down. It was enchanting and magical!!!
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