Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Postcard from the Oregon Zoo: Winged Wonders

On Father's Day my girls took me to the Oregon Zoo in Portland, where we met our good friends from southern Washington, Cindy and Gary. One of our last stops was the summer walk-through butterfly exhibit called Winged Wonders:



The entrance, where a docent provides a long list of rules, including no squashing, grabbing, poking, slapping, or otherwise harassing the winged beauties, which hail from Costa Rica.
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However, if a butterfly lands on you, as one did with Gary right off the bat, then you can let them stay as long as you---or they---like.
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Our older daughter also had a friend for a while---this one is a new butterfly whose wings are still drying.
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Ditto for the butterfly finding temporary shelter on our younger daughter's arm.
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Remember: No matter how beautiful the butterfly, no grabbing!
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This one is a real beauty though, that's for sure.
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This is one of the larger butterflies on exhibit, with a wingspan of probably 5 inches.
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Another perspective reveals---for this fellow with a chunk of wing missing---a wonderful irridescent blue.
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And here it is in all its glory!
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A real treat while we were there was the release of newly "hatched" butterflies, such as these.
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Everywhere you turned, there were colorful butterflies.
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Like these...
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And these...
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And this one...
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And this one...

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And I think my favorite: This one!
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