Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Henry Doorly Zoo - pt1

I actually spent some time in town recently and we went to the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo. Ranked as one of the top 5 zoos in the US, it is one of my favorite places to visit when I have time because of the quality of displays and attention to detail in the care of the animals and exhibits.For the first post on this location, we journey into the Butterfly house.

To enter this building you have to go through a dead-man door system. They are very careful to keep the butterflies in the display area so you have to enter the room, and once you are read the rules, they will open the other door and you can now wander through the tropical forest on a premarked path and see butterflies freely fluttering around you. You are allowed to look, but they ask you not to touch. but it is not unknown for a butterfly to decide it would like to land on you for a better look.

To the right was the first butterfly we saw, and although the colors are muted, the whole of the patterns just tells you how beautiful nature can truly be.


However, for those who think of brilliant colors and patterns I give you a picture with both color and flash, as well as one that demonstrates the stark beauty in contrasts



Sometimes you actually see an additional resident of the Butterfly House that is winged but not an insect, the little hummingbirds. The little birds can be seen buzzing around visiting the various flowers in the area, and landing for just a moment on a branch. Trust me, it is no small feat to capture them on camera.

Finally, my last picture from our trip is a lovely ragged wing butterfly. No, not a victim of attacks from wild children or vicious rival gangs of wild butterflies, this insect is truly shaped like this all the time.

Future posts will take us to the penguin display and also to the open air aviary. See you soon!


--TT

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