Flying Flowers~

Wow! Did I have fun today! The San Diego Safari Park had their spring Butterfly Encounter and this was the first year I was home to see it. The butterflies flew around you in an open-air aviary. (Please click to enlarge).
We all were mesmerized. I was blown away by how gentle the little children were, cupping their hands to protect the landing butterflies.
See for yourself, the butterflies were ethereal!
The flowers were pretty amazing too~
It was wonderful to be reminded how much children naturally love our planet’s creatures.
The butterflies reminded me of the ones I saw in Iguazu Falls who loved to hitch rides on humans.
You had to be inspected before you left to make sure you weren’t carrying out a hitchiker!
They were not the least bit afraid.
What an amazing experience!
I almost made it out with this hitchiker on me!
Cheers to you from our planet’s amazing flying flowers~

191 thoughts on “Flying Flowers~

  1. Absolutely gorgeous – that first shot is so crisp. I feel like I can reach out and encourage that orange butterfly to land on my hand. It must have been exhilarating to see these beautiful critters up close…


  2. These are perhaps the most outstanding butterflies I’ve ever seen. So many varieties. And such color. So glad you were able to get by — we’ve all profited from your experience!


  3. il nostro mondo meraviglioso!!!! di quanta bellezza ci circondaa! grazie infinite per questi scastti favolosi
    buon giorno!

    our wonderful world!!!! how much beauty there circondaa! Thank you so much for these fabulous scastti



  4. Cindy these beautiful butterflies rival the gorgeous flowers you always share…I feel so blessed tonight because I love butterflies and they have inspired many poems for me! Thanks for sharing the pictures they are so very beautiful! God bless!


  5. I wonder if the feeling I have looking at these is a drop in the bucket compared to how you must have felt to be there? Cindy, I had to remember to breath while looking at your exquisite photos of these beautiful painted creatures. Thank you times 10!


    • I have to admit I was wondering why I have never managed to be home for the exhibit before. It was simply incredible. Some times when you travel a lot you miss the wonders right under your nose~


  6. I love flutterbys! We went to a butterfly place in St. Thomas, oh what beautiful flying flowers they have down there. I learned a lot from talking to the keepers. The lil buggers do like to sit on humans. . Maybe cuz we’re warm? Anyway. Great photos! I love how you can see the pattern in the eyes!


      • And I was also reminded of our wonderful young ones yesterday when I read this by Tomie dePaola, in his author’s note on The Legend of the Bluebonnet; “….She -Who-Is-Alone’s act of thrusting her beloved doll into the fire to save her people represents the decisive sort of action that many young people are capable of, the kind of selfless action that creates miracles.”


  7. This was wonderful to see. I forgot how beautiful they are—and so many kinds. They are truly a marvel of nature.


  8. Thank you! I so love butterflies. I love them so much I’ve allowed milkweed to run rampant in my garden for the monarch butterflies. Your photos are breathtaking:D


  9. Oh wow, I would love to visit this place! It’s really something that the butterflies grow so used to people. As always, beautiful photographs, Cindy.


  10. What fun that must’ve been! You really captured the essence of these beautiful creatures. Thank you for sharing such loveliness.


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