Nestled in the trees we discovered the homes of woodland gnomes . . .
And other wee folks.
We saw miniature flowers . . .
Explored a crooked goblin house . . .
. . . filled with gargoyles, bats and giant spiders. (To someone's delight.)
We knocked on the door of the troll's house under the bridge . . .
And when he wouldn't answer, we looked for him from the top of the bridge.
We heard the summer sound of cicadas in the trees . . .
And found one to study more closely.
We saw black swallowtail butterflies . . .
And Eastern tiger swallowtail butterflies.
In the butterfly house, we saw monarch butterflies. We didn't see them outside of the protected area. The population has been devastated because of storms in their winter home in Mexico.
We saw this caterpillar that will turn into a monarch, and we saw several chrysalises.
It was nice to see them.
Kiran thought it was fun to blow on them and watch them fly.
photo by Kim Marsh