the Rainforest Museum
After viewing the hundreds and hundreds of butterflies you can't wait to get inside and see them first hand. You walk through the door and experience a blast of air which prevents the butterflies flying out and you are instantly transported into the rainforest...
Butterflies are everywhere and you feel yourself instantly calm. It is a beautiful sight.
In addition to the butterflies there are birds that inhabit the facility. I shot these guys having a late lunch.
The museum workers put out fruit and bananas for the butterflies and they willingly fly from station to station to grab a bite of sugar.
And, it is not just the butterflies that are strange and wonderful but also the foliage. Flowers and many unusual trees are abundant.
One I found particularly unusual is this thorn tree. I never was able to find the official name for it but learned it occurs in parts of South America and Asia.
It was so fearsome I took a close up to give you an idea of just how sharp the thorns are.
But back to the butterflies
There were all kinds and I will just add a few more of the hundreds we saw...
We hated to leave but realized we once again had t0 endure the ordeal of those two cities that "strictly enforce" the speed limit on our trip back to Jacksonville. But, I hope these pictures have allowed you to enjoy the rainforest visit as much as we did.