I Went to the Butterfly Conservatory… And Shot Birds

In June, I took a short trip to the Florida Keys that was part birthday adventure and part shark-tagging. (So cool!) I visited Key West a couple of times and one of the stops we made was the Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, especially since it’s one of the top attractions on the island.

We went inside expecting to see lots of butterflies, but we didn’t expect to see so many brightly colored birds! Apparently the birds are kept there to control mosquitos and other bugs. Obviously, the birds are used to people, so they let you get fairly close to take photos. What I especially loved were the little quails (and maybe other species?) running around underfoot. You had to be careful where you walked, but they were so cute!

If you’re ever in Key West, I would suggest a visit to the Conservatory for sure. Just remember that it’s hot and humid in there, which is necessary for the butterflies to survive. But it’s worth it to take your time, turn back, check out all the animals, especially the hidden ones, and enjoy the atmosphere!

(A gouldian finch.)

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(Blue faced parrot finch.)

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(Red-throated parrot finch, potentially.)

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(Gouldian finch.)

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(The next two are possibly Chinese painted quails.)

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Macro Ice Sculptures

I think we can all agree that this winter has been COLD. And the snow, the endless snow! With the recent weather, and particularly the hot mess of snow, rain, sleet, grossness, I don’t normally want to step out of my house. But I have to admit, it’s pretty sometimes.

Just outside my garage is a tree that’s festooned in icicles. They are slowly melting away though, and leaving behind some really interesting shapes – if you take a real close look. I started to photograph the dying icicles but quickly moved to finding little surprises in thin pieces of ice with my macro lens. I found dragons, and sea horses, and ducks, and… Well, do you see what I see?

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And, my favorite:

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