ah yes...the REAL royalty
Located in Brick, NJ (on Mantoloking Road)
The Butterfly Charities charges a small admittance fee and donates all the profits to local charities. One week it may be Breast Cancer, another week Camp Quality, a summer camp for kids with cancer, next to help the Homeless, the Starving, our troops overseas and our Veterans right here. They try to help them all!
I brought not one but TWO cameras with me...had to have my best macro lens...
AND a good telephoto for those blurred out background shots
I learned that the butterfly that has the 2 black dots on their wings is the male ( see below) and he is usually brighter in color than the female, who is a little paler.
these were females (see, no dots)
the habitat had beautiful surroundings
and, of course we also saw some of the metamorphosis
from the egg... (see the teeny white dot)
to caterpillar (larva)
to chrysalis (pupa)
we had a totally wonderful time !
I've been to several butterfly habitats and they are always joyful.
I promised a few more shots of the house....(if you've followed the last 2 blog posts).
The living room part of the house has a wall with things I love.
I found this super interesting piece on a teaching trip several years ago...hanging right above the couch....it features old cabinet cards. Mounted on wood. Pencil lettering. It's very cool ! I schlepped it home !!
The piece hanging above it is something I made
I bought the game board in a Home Goods a few years ago and took this beautiful card my friends Wendy & Judy gave me and mounted it
to the right hang other artists work...friends whose work I adore...Pam Huntington
can't recall artists name but I loved the simplicity of using a piece of wood to make a clock
another deMeng masterpiece !
and a wonderful piece from Lisa Pace
I'm having a little love affair with air plants these days
and South African woven telephone wire (which I also schlepped home on one of my many trips to SA)
I think I mentioned I like 'floor art' too. Everything doesn't have to hang. A childs chair...and old bird cage...a (yes !!!) piggy bank...I am a loon, aren't I ??!!??
and this door was a Pier One reject...sightly warped I got it for a great price...would YOU resist?? Had the perfect wall for it !
lt's end todays tour with this closeup. The items come from all over the world.
I need to get myself back into the bead studio and make some new items...but, in the meantime...don't abandon me you guys....