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The Great Escape

Tree Nymph Butterfly

The long stretch of unseasonably cold weather was really beginning to get me down, so on Wednesday I decided we had to make a break for it.

Because we have 2 horses, three cats and a dog, it is not easy to arrange overnight trips, especially at short notice, but I was desperate, and our good friends took pity on us, agreeing to take care of the horses and cats, and although the kennel was full to overflowing for the coming Easter Weekend, they managed to squeeze Abbie in.

Yellow Orchid

So on Thursday, we set off for Grand Rapids to visit Meijer Gardens, where during March and April they fill a huge conservatory with butterflies of every shape and size.  The conservatory is hot and humid, which feels like heaven after the long cold winter and we had a wonderful time.

Butterflies are not the easiest subjects to photograph.  They rarely stay in one place for long and usually close their wings when they land, but the conservatory is full of tropical plants and I enjoyed photographing the gorgeous orchids and other unusual plants on display, when the butterflies proved to be too elusive.

The weather did finally relent and we were blessed with sunshine and warmer temperatures, so before heading home we drove a little further west to the Lake Michigan shore.  I will show some of the photos I took there in future posts.

We were only away for one night, but we certainly packed a lot into the time we had, and enjoyed it immensely.


2 responses

  1. Thanks.

    March 31, 2013 at 7:15 am

  2. Beautiful.

    March 30, 2013 at 6:10 pm

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