Recently Martin and I went down to Pompano Beach for a little day trip. I love that about about us. We’re not a couple who stands too idle for too long. We know how to relax, but aren’t the types who can lay in bed lifelessly staring into the TV for hours on end. We’d rather get out, enjoy a beautiful sunny day and see where the road takes us. Florida is great for that, with so many beautiful places and scenery abounding, what’s not to discover?

So I googled places of interest in Pompano Beach. The first thing that came up was an exhibit called Butterfly World. I kind of scuffled at the name but checked out what is was all about. The facility boasted a huge butterfly conservatory, bird aviary, gardens and insect museum. I thought, heck yea, Camille’s going to go photo-happy here! Although the admission was somewhat steep ($26) I thought, what the heck, my curiosity has won in this case, and it doesn’t really care about the financial aspect. Below are some of the photos I captured…I must say, very pleased with how many butterflies were willing to pose for my camera.

He was trying to blend in...

I think they were talking...

The amount of butterflies was boundless. Some butterfly conservatories make it sound like theirs is loaded with them, but sometimes it’s anything but. I was happy to see this one, although a steep admission, delivered quality. Many of the butterflies were not shy, as this one happily rested right on my hand.

His colors were brilliant...

He also liked my shirt...

I wandered on through the conservatory, snapping away happily. This was right up my alley. Flowers, plants, and hundreds of colorful butterflies.

I was especially drawn to this skittish white butterfly. He was hard to photograph, but I got a few shots. I really admired how he was different from all the others. A simple white elegance to his wings…

Some other snapshots…

And another one that came to say hello…

Landed on my finger...

After circling the butterfly conservatory, I walked outside into the bird aviary. Inside were Lorikeets, a tropical bird and distant cousin to the parrot. For $1.00 you could buy food and be bombarded with nectar-hungry Lorikeets. Below is my experience…

Feeding...

They were like vultures. It was almost like they’d never seen food before! All of a sudden one perched upon my head. I’m guessing he liked my choice of shampoo?

Just don't poop on me!

Fun with Lorikeets...

It was definitely noisy in there. Lorikeets are chatterboxes. Their colors were amazing, very brilliant and rich saturation…beautiful birds.

Lorikeet

Napping...

I liked these three little guys, happily hanging out on the branch…

 

After the Lorikeets, went on to a small Parrot aviary. Can’t even remember the last time I saw a parrot, but one cannot ignore their colorful beauty. It’s truly amazing what beauty nature offers…

I wouldn't want to get on his bad side...

This concluded my visit at Butterfly World.  All in all, I’d recommend it if you’re a photo nut like myself. I’d definitely go again. 🙂

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