There's a certain satisfaction in realizing that you're in the middle of a tropical rain forest (or - at least the citified version) and missing the polar express temperatures at home.
For the past two winters, Randy & I would have been in Kansas, trying to stay warm as we fed and watered cattle. My January photo on the family calendar has a snowy scene of a water delivery last winter. We didn't have hired help the past two years, so we had to stay fairly close to home since cattle seem to want to eat every day. Our cattle herd's Uber Eats was powered by Kim & Randy.
It's probably no surprise to anyone who knows me that the Butterfly House at the Museum of Natural Science in Houston was my favorite exhibit. And that's where we found the "rain forest."
Because we aren't caring for our cattle ourselves this winter, we took advantage of a few extra days away after K-State's game. One of those days, we visited the museum.
It was a lot easier to take a photo of our "tour guide" than it was the flittering and fluttering guests of honor. He didn't move the whole time we were in the exhibit. But he doesn't have quite the visual appeal as his flighty neighbors.
These rice paper butterflies were abundant. With their wafer-paper thin wings, it was easy to see where they get their name.
|Rice paper butterflies|
The blue butterflies were much more elusive and much less cooperative. I never saw them away from the windows of the solarium.
Their inelegant perch didn't make for beauty shots.
A sign told us to watch for numbered butterflies. A couple of butterflies photobombed the sign as I was taking the photo!
Randy's sharp eyesight spotted one. It wasn't the prettiest photo, but we saw No. 23, nonetheless.
Advice from a Butterfly:
Let go of the past
Trust the future
Come out of the cocoon
Unfurl your wings
Dare to get off the ground
Ride the breezes
Savor the flowers
Put on your brightest colors
Let your beauty show.
That seems like good advice on this first month of the new year!