If you want to talk about inspiration for me, as well as a challenge, it’s shooting butterflies. I’d love to try to catch them in flight, but seriously, who can do that and watch that their kids don’t run off at the same time? This weekend, my family decided to drag me out of the house, away from my mountain of homework and off to the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls. Ok, they didn’t really have to drag me there. I’ve wanted to see it for a while. I love butterflies, and the trips to the Butterfly Conservatory, for whatever reason, always seem to happen when I’m off somewhere else, busy and unable to go.
So I mentioned that I love butterflies, but I should clarify. This isn’t really a casual, “they’re kinda cute, I guess” sort of like. It’s also not some insane, obsessive, “I have to own everything with a butterfly on it!” kind of like. I think it’s more of a healthy like for them. Butterflies and frogs are about my favourite part of nature. When I finally retire to Costa Rica, decades from now, I’d like to work with one of those two. I know I’ve visited facilities for both down there, so I’m not any crazier than those people. Anyhow, I’ve become a bit sidetracked.
Turns out the Butterfly Conservatory is absolutely beautiful, with great natural light, and butterflies everywhere.
Things I learned at the Butterfly Conservatory:
My daughter, for whatever reason, seems to be deathly afraid of butterflies…at least that day.
My son is absolutely not scared of butterflies.
Oh, and also that this is a pretty neat place to play with your camera, especially when the colours it can capture are just so vibrant. And now for the butterfly shots.
Butterfly Conservatory Website