If you want to take a break from whatever you’re doing and look at something pretty—-more of my butterfly photos--, just click on the image below.
A lot of my kid students (6-12 years old) say interesting things. Some of them will make you laugh, and others are downright profound. I present you with a sampling here to brighten the days of cucumber season (see Mara Gerety’s blog of 8/5/07.)
I’ve been plagued with migraines for a couple of weeks (hence my lack of blogging), but when I started feeling better, I took my camera and went to the local butterfly garden. It is in a large, climate-controlled tent. The climate is controlled to suit the butterflies, not the humans. It’s quite warm and humid in there. There are a lot of brightly colored butterflies flying around and, fortunately for photographers, some of them occasionally sit still. The staff leaves out cut fruit to attract the butterflies who want to feed. There is also an emergence box, where chrysalises hang on rods until the butterflies within emerge and spread their wings out to dry. Just outside the hot, humid part of the tent are eggs and caterpillars, so visitors can see butterflies at all stages of their life cycle.
I was watching the butterflies eating fruit when I noticed some kids carefully putting their fingers next to the butterflies, obviously hoping that the butterflies would walk onto their fingers. I told the kids’ mother that the staff supplies brushes for that purpose, but she was Chinese, with limited English, and couldn’t understand me. I went to one of the staff, got a brush, and demonstrated to the Chinese family. They were so happy. The brother would get a butterfly to come onto the brush and then hand it to his younger sister. (In traditional Chinese culture, the oldest child takes responsibility for the younger ones.)
Some more interesting photos:
A single butterfly species, such as this Great yellow mormon (Asian), can come in several different color schemes.
A camera and a butterfly garden can make me feel so relaxed.
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Pauline Lerner is from Rockville, Maryland. Biography
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