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Monday, July 21, 2008

Wildseed Farms - Part 2 Butterflies!!!

While we were at Wildseed Farms, we decided to visit the Butterfly House they have on the property. We were a little hesitant because there was a $5.00 per person entry fee and we weren't sure if we were willing to pay that just to look at a couple of butterflies. But since it was a huge amount of money, we did it. And I'm so glad we did!

As we walked through a tiny little house-like structure, we emerged into the most beautiful butterfly garden I have ever seen. It was truly magical! There were lush plants and flowers lining a wandering path through a patio enclosed with a fine mesh. And flying all around us were hundreds of fluttering, beautiful butterflies!! It was one of the most magical experience.

They were all butterflies native to Texas, and they were all around us. They didn't care or bother about us. My daughter put out her hand, and one landed on it just like that!



Butterflies flew through the air, lighted on flowers, crawled along the ground, and hid under petals. They were everywhere!
You can click on any of the pictures to enlarge them and see so much more detail.
I tried taking pictures of the butterflies as they flew around us. But they always got lost in the foliage behind them.



If you click on the picture above, you'll see just a sampling of the great numbers of butterflies. These are visible because they're flying (or sunning themselves) against the solid background of the sky. Please be sure to click on it and see the bigger picture. I was so disappointed that the pictures didn't come out better. I cannot express the joy and wonder these little creatures inspired in me. It was so worth the entrance fee.




All I could think about as I walked among the butterflies is how amazing an artist God is. So much wonder in such a tiny creature!
While we were there, a lovely care-taker took the time to show us all the stages of a butterfly's life, from egg to caterpillar, to chrysalis, to adult. She walked us through the whole garden showing us amazing facts and talking about the flowers butterflies love. As we exited, she handed us a sheet with all the flowers we can grow to attract butterflies to our garden. My husband, daughter and I walked away so inspired and excited to start our own butterfly garden.





6 comments:

Kathleen Grace said...

I love going tot he butterfly house at the zoo and just being surrounded by the fluttery, bright butterflies! Aren't they one of God's special creations?

Dani said...

They are a wonderful delight, aren't they? Our Animal Park here has a butterfly garden and its my favorite spot in the park...love your music too...

Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Hi, I am so glad you got to go to Fredricksburg! Did you get to look around the town also? So much wonderful German heritage! We have been through there on our way to the beach in Galveston and Corpus Christie. We never had time to stop by the wildseed farm. I have friends who have gone there and tell me I need to make the trip. We now have friends that have moved to Mason, a little town outside of Fredricksburg. We need to get with them and go see the farm. I get their catalog each year and order seeds from them. I am ordering Bluebonnet to plant this fall. So glad you got to go! blessings, Kathleen

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

What a wonderful experience! I have been to an enclosed butterfly garden one time in my life and have never forgotton it. Magical is the perfect word to describe it.

I have been so blessed this year. I have had literally 20 different types of butterflies visit my coneflowers. Sometimes if I sit quietly beside them, they'll flutter and dance all around me. It takes my breath away! What an amazing Creator!

I have always wanted to visit Wildseed Farm. I'm so glad you had the opportunity.

Blessings,
Lea

Joanne Kennedy said...

There is something so peaceful about butterflies. I love to see them in my yard. It does seem like they are getting fewer and farther between though.

Looks like a fun place to go to.

Hugs,
Joanne

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

How beautiful!! We love to watch them here in the country, but to have been with that many at once must have been amazing!! Thank you for sharing your photos; I am going to go enlarge them now for a closer look!
:)