My Expanding Butterfly World
Recently I had the opportunity to enjoy my passion for butterflies. I had to revisit one of my old gardens, the Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale Arizona AZ. I also visited, for the first time, the Butterfly World, Coconut Creek Florida FL. Both facilities are in the Southern United States US; one in the Arid hot Arizona AZ desert and the other in the semi tropical Florida FL.
The Coconut Creek facility happens to be different from many other butterfly facilities I had visited. It has a mesh wire enclosure both on the sides and in the roof thus allowing natural ventilation and open to direct sunshine and rain.
The facilities I had visited previously had been glass or Perspex enclosure and air-conditioned. One of them, in particular, was so humid that it took my camera about fifteen minutes to acclimatize to allow the fog on the lens and the LCD to clear before I could begin to use my camera.
The Coconut Creek Florida FL Butterfly World was airy and naturally well ventilated. It was the largest facility that I had visited; it was actually written in the official guide that it was the largest butterfly park in the world! Apart from the butterfly section, there were several aviaries that held a variety of birds, a number of large gardens for flowers with a variety of Passiflora and many more species of flowers including roses. There was a lake with a walk-on “Tinalandia Suspension Bridge”, a plant nursery and shop, a gift shop and a cafe. There were several other facilities for research and farming of butterflies and plants. I did not have time to visit the museum.
I have included in this blog some of the butterflies and plants that I photographed in these two facilities for your pleasure and enjoyment. I have not attempted to completely identify them by name in this blog. Some of these are also on my Dreamstime site https://www.dreamstime.com/mfomojola_info where they are well described.
You could even buy high resolution images of some of these beautiful ‘things’ here or on my Dreamstime site. (https://www.dreamstime.com/mfomojola_info).
Feed your eyes and have fun.