Thursday, May 11, 2006


The Desert Botanical Garden has a fun exhibit every spring. They put up a small pavilion and fill it with butterflies - about 1000 are in the pavilion at any given time. It's pretty spectacular. Not only do you get to see one of the finest desert spring flower displays anywhere in the world, but then you also get to go and play with the butterflies.

Overall, it was a fun day.

Caleb appreciated the whole experience more than the other kids (for obvious reasons).

Like I said - there is nothing quite like the desert in bloom.

Right near the entrance, an arms reach away from the main path, was this mother dove tending her nest. She was quite used to humans passing by and didn't seem to mind in the least that we were looking at her and taking pictures. Normally a nesting mother gets very skittish around people - she just didn't mind. Caleb was quite fascinated by it.

Finally, we arrived at the main event. Caleb was completely enthralled and could barely handle the excitement. Sabrina could have cared less, and Gavin didn't quite know what to do with the whole scene and was a little frightened by the butterflies. He wanted to look - just so long as they stayed a good distance away from him.

Here is a sample of some of the butterflies we saw:

Like I said - Caleb could have sat there all day and watched the butterflies. Quite frankly, Marci and I would have loved to join him - it was very cool. Unfortunately, Gavin and Sabrina foced us to make a retreat from the confines of the butterfly pavilion after only being there for maybe 10 minutes.

Oh, well. There's always next year.

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