Friday, 23 March 2012

Identifying Butterflies

Orange-barred Sulphur
Captain Butterfly is at the other side of the table looking very fierce which means he is busy identifying the tropical butterflies he photographed yesterday at Earnley.  We - him, Bea and me - spent the day there, and Mark joined us in the morning.  The butterfly house is so small that you have to dodge the butterflies, and they are quite likely to land on you.  You have to be careful where you step too as there are a lot sitting on the floor. Amazing variety.  Great for photographers.  I would like to go there one day with Richard Dawkins and ask him how we can fail to see our Grand Creator in the artistry and engineering that goes into a butterfly.

Beautiful little gardens too - lots of garden rooms - all glass roofed but open to the air.  Bea and I sat in one of them for ages after lunch (while Col photographed more and more and more butterflies).  The air was full of perfume from the... jasmine (I forget)... and we could hear the fountain playing.  I hope to go there again.

The Thai branch of the family is in the UK on business and he is coming for lunch next week.

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