Monday, February 02, 2009

Butterflies at Wisley

It's snowing (again) outside as I write, but I'm still basking in the glow of a day spent in the toasty warm glasshouse at Wisley. It wasn't just any old day, either: they've released 3,500 butterflies into the Tropical Zone, where they're fluttering around among the plants and landing on peoples' heads. It's absolutely magical: the girls were captivated, as was I. I took far too many photos than I should - here are a few of them:

We couldn't drag the children away, and had a hard job leaving ourselves (a man comes round at about 4pm ringing his bell and shouting "Time, ladies and gentlemen, please!" No beer on offer, sadly.) The event runs until 22nd February, so get yourselves down there before they've all fluttered away to a better place.


Sunita said...

So beautiful! It must have been such an amazing experience.

VP said...

Ooh how lovely! My experience with these kind of things is usually a microscopic dot on the horizon, but those are really up close and personal.

Plant Mad Nige said...

We're going next week. Can't wait to see them, after looking at your lovely pictures. I had no idea there would be so many different species. What a treat, for such a miserable midwinter!

The Constant Gardener said...

I expect lots of lovely (and better) photos down your way soon Nigel - enjoy, you're right Sunita - it is a truly wonderful experience.

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