Sunday, April 24, 2016

Butterflies and Flowers at Meijer Gardens

While I have many visits to Meijer Gardens under my belt -- including at Christmas-time and in the summer more than once and fall, this was my first experience with the hugely popular butterfly exhibit. It snowed the day we visited, which led to scenes like this with vibrant spring flowers inside, and large snowflakes outside...
and this, from the warm and humid conservatory where the butterflies live...
Once inside the conservatory, it was easy to forget the bone-chilling temperatures outside as colorful butterflies of various sizes flitted about the bright greenery and lovely flowers, enchanting young and old alike.
Enjoying rotting fruit. These butterflies had bright blue interior wings -- but were impossible to photograph while flying.
If you look closely, you can see a bit of the blue!

Upon exiting the exhibit, we had to spin around in front of an employee to ensure that no butterfly was trying to hitch a ride out on us!

We spent some time in the other conservatories, as well.
No idea what this is -- but it's so cool!
Checking out the caterpillars -- not so easy to spot!
An explosion of colors and scents!
My new favorite flower - so intricate, so beautiful!
These goofballs also enjoyed our Meijer Gardens visit!

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