On my last full day in Arizona, my friend AJ took me to meet the tiny winged creatures living in Butterfly Wonderland located in Scottsdale. What a lovely way to spend a couple of hours walking through the gardens while thousands of tiny (and not so tiny) butterflies flitted around us.
It took a while for me to focus my phone camera – so many flutterbies to follow. There were a number of cute kids who were fascinated with them, too, so I just focused on one family….
I managed to capture some great shots of them as they sat in the sunlight, resting their wings… I even picked up a hitchhiker…..the great butterfly escape of 2019!The park keeps chickens to eat up all the nasty bugs who are dangerous to the butterflies…this cute one kept clucking at me as I tried to snap a pic.Lunchtime….everyone in the fruit bowl!AJ had several butterflies use him as a resting spot…
AJ took lots of great shots I’d like to share with you…just look at these beauties:We were starting to get pretty hot and clammy thanks to the temperature and humidity of the “wonderland” so AJ and I went thru to the adjacent reptile rooms and found some pretty cool critters (in a much cooler environment…LOL). Check these out… What a blast! Time for something to eat so we departed Butterfly Wonderland and headed out into the “mall” where we located a rather interesting restaurant…. Yes, a dino-bistro complete with crazy ass dinosaur models! Food was pretty good – mostly Mediterranean style, and afterwards we walked around both levels of the compound…the sun shone thru the wrought iron railings creating some lovely shadow designs.If you plan on visiting Scottsdale/Phoenix, I highly recommend spending an afternoon here – lots to see and do, not just butterflies. And the souvenir shops are fabulous – lots of nifty things and very inexpensive. For directions and details, visit their website: www.butterflywonderland.com
Back home to Camp Joy Ranch, enjoying the beautiful countryside for the last time…. The following day, I had to fly back to Toronto, via Calgary, so this night, AJ and I had our “last supper” at one of the local steak houses…yummmm.I’ll be back for sure…even if it’s just for the amazing steaks!!