I have always been attracted to butterflies, not in a deep spiritual or studious way, but probably in the same way as many people are; a momentary pause to life whenever one flutters into frame, a desire to have them drawn to my presence and even to sit peacefully on me before resuming their busy short lives. A part of my general awe of nature, but never part of my endeavours.
Although I had, for years, wished that I could keep an avairy of these beauties, I had long ago realised that the practicalities of such a venture would make it not a viable activity in my climate and in my life. As with most life, I would prefer to observe than to detain, so the thought of keeping such beauty captive would always deter my scheming toward that end.
I was inspired to search for places that butterflies can be found, in numbers and in the wild, while watching episode 6 of a new Australian TV Show called Reef Doctors.
I’ve included the link to Reef Doctors website on Channel 11, but doubt that you will see much there. I was unable to play the few episodes that had already aired and the buzz is that the series will be shelved. We have loved Lisa McClune in every show she has been in, so are sorry to hear this.
Anyway, we were watching this show which depicted some tourists heading off to Butterfly Grotto on the ficticious island on which the show is set. I said to my husband, Jeff, “you make the cup of tea and I’ll find some real ‘butterfly grottos’ we could visit. If they are in other countries, we’ll just have to go there”. If only it was that easy, but by the power of Google, lets head off to explore some spectacular butterflies on the wing.
Toro River, Manu National Park, Peru: http://www.treknature.com/gallery/South_America/Peru/photo228345.htm You must follow the link to see the photo. It is spectacular! Almost makes me want to do the washing next camping trip!
The Valley of the Butterflies in Rhodes Island, Greece:
If you live or are travelling in the UK, the Wildlife Trust page, Woodland Butterflies will have you some ideas of where to begin your search for butterflies. You can even download a pdf file of 40 place to look.
The film clip In The Company of Wild Butterflies is just a free taste. There is a 43 minute documentary available for sale. I have no affiliation with Bullfrog Films, just love butterflies.
If you are a budding photographer, you may like some pointers from this article about Photographing Butterflies in the Wild. There are some ideas of how to find out where the butterflies might be found and nice butterfly pictures on the page to illustrate the article, also.
The Butterfly Website has comprehensive lists of butterfly gardens and exhibits across the world. Even though I was trying to find wild butterfly places for you, many of these establishments are deeply involved in the conservation of their local butterfly breeds and therefore I would be remiss if I didn’t share this information. After all, when we are travelling, not all of us are going to be dashing off into the bush with our SLR, some are looking for family activities on the beaten track.
And, just for fun, the one that is born to be king surrounded by beautiful butterflies.