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 is the largest facility that I have visited; it actually says in the official guide that it is the largest butterfly park in the world! Apart from the butterfly section, there are several aviaries that hold 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 is a lake with a walk-on “Tinalandia Suspension Bridge”, a plant nursery and shop, a gift shop and a cafe. There are 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 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’ on my Dreamstime site.

(https://www.dreamstime.com/mfomojola_info where other photographs can be purchased; most of the photos on this website and more are also available for purchase at this site).

Feed your eyes and have fun.

If there are some specific things or ones you need, please don’t hesitate to contact me at octavephotographers@gmail.com or through the contact site of this website.

Lekki Conservation Center (LCC) Lagos Nigeria

The Lekki Conservation Center (LCC) is located in Lekki peninsula Lagos state. It is the flagship project of the privately funded Nigeria Conservation Foundation (NCF) which was founded by Late Chief S. L. Edu in 1980.

The vision of the NCF as presented on their website is "A Nigeria where people prosper while living in harmony with nature".

LCC is a nature park, a preserved portion of Lekki peninsula in its original form comprising a mangrove swamp and a Savannah grassland located at kilometer 19 along Lagos-Epe expressway in Lagos State. It has a 2 kilometer boardwalk and a 401-meter long suspended swinging canopy walkway through the mangrove swamp and a family pack in the Savannah grassland.

The 2 kilometer boardwalk meanders through the mangrove swamp with resting spots along the boardwalk for nature and bird watching. There is a jungle of tall trees of various types forming canopies in the mangrove swamp.

The canopy walkway is said to be the longest canopy walkway in Africa. The foliage bio-diversity in the mangrove swamp is better appreciated as you walk along the canopy walkway. At the highest viewing station, the Atlantic Ocean comes into view on the southern front of the nature park. The surrounding developments could also be viewed at this level. There is a tree house within the swamp which also allows better appreciation of the foliage biodiversity at the canopy level.  

The Savannah grassland has a family park with gazebos, barbecue stations, floor games and Tilapia and Koi fish ponds.

On the day we visited there were a few birds and animals. I was very impressed with the biodiversity of the nature park. It was a lot of fun going on the swinging canopy walkway and looking as far as the eyes could see above the flora canopy. Climbing the tree house was exhilarating for members of our group who were strong enough to do the vertical climb. It was also fun seeing the fish scramble for food as our tour guide fed them. I have a better appreciation for the original form of the land in the Lekki peninsula before the sand filling and the massive developments ongoing on this peninsula.  

We did a few photos. It was difficult to capture the excitement of walking on the boardwalk under the foliage canopies and the suspended canopy walkway and taking in the fresh scent of the mangrove swamp and the humidity. I wished I had a long sleeve shirt on to avoid the insect bites which were expected in this setting. My long pants helped anyway! I recommend a pair of hiking shoes. Please enjoy these photos. Your feedback is welcome.

Further information could be obtained at Lekki Conservation Centre (LCC): Treasure on the Peninsula, Proud ...

www.ncfnigeria.org/projects/lekki-conservation-centre