Saturday, July 30, 2011

Things I Learned From Butterflies

We bought passes to the Houston Museum of Natural Science last year and they have already paid for themselves. HMNS is second in attendance only to the New York Museum of Natural Science (where "Night at the Museum" was filmed). HMNS has a lot of really cool stuff in it, but for some reason we had never been to the butterfly zoo. It's not like we couldn't see it the giant 3-story glass building that houses the zoo...

Here is the satellite view from space (or Google Maps). I added the information on handicapped parking because I love how close it is to the entrance...
We finally took the time to go see the butterflies and after experiencing it, I don't think we can ever visit the museum again without a trip inside the butterfly zoo. There are lots of tropical flowers, trees, vines, plants, etc. growing inside the solarium(?). The simulated environment is supposed to mimic the rainforest so the temperatures are warm and the humidity high (hence my puffy hair). Strangely enough, on that July day in Houston, the temperature and humidity were higher outside than they were in the actual exhibit. And of course, there were lots of butterflies just floating around.
Enough with the talk already, or as Edna Mode says "Yes darling, words are useless! Gobble gobble gobble gobble!" Props to whoever can name the movie without the help of Google.

See the butterfly right in front of our faces?
Red Peacock Butterfly...


 Della thought it was the best thing EVER! You can tell pretty easily whether or not she likes something. But it is rare that you actually see her LOVE something...






 In fact, Della loved it so much, she wanted to eat the plants! We said no to that because we are mean...

 Notice how everyone is looking off in a different direction, there was so much to see...

As we sat on a bench a large Owl Butterfly landed on Chad's back. Della immediately wanted to swipe at it (and possibly eat it) but Archer's terrified shrieks of protest stopped Della's attempts...
Here are some shots taken by Archer:
Julia Butterfly...


This is a cool shot of some random kid holding a Rice Paper Butterfly...

Della climbing a tree...


At the exit there were butterflies being projected on the walls. Poor Della thought they were real and kept trying to catch one...



After a particularly rough weekend, it was nice to leave all the stress behind and enter this almost magical space. Watching the happiness on Archer and Della's faces as they chased butterflies or marveled at the 50 ft. waterfall, helped me to remember this quote from Pres. Thomas S. Monson: "Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved."


5 comments:

Kimberly Bluestocking said...

Cool exhibit. :) I love the pics of Della so captivated by it.

And I love Edna Mode. "The Incredibles" is one of our favorite movies.

Amanda said...

What about your hair is puffy? I don't get it.

Jen said...

Della has changed SO much since we've seen her! We love the butterfly exhibit...and for us it was the opposite. We would go see the butterflies often, but spring break was only the second time we'd gone to the actual exhibit halls! Cannot wait to see you guys. Kai is counting down :)

Caitlin said...

Amanda- My hair is puffy because it is so humid. I didn't
know that my hair is wavy until I moved here. But then again, I think everyone's hair is wavy here. Houston's two most popular nicknames are "The armpit of the country" and "The land of bad hair."

Marissa said...

Love the Incredibles! We've watched it so much part of it is now missing audio. Weird right? We will definitely have to check out the museum and butterfly zoo out. Aubrey loves butterflies but she calls them fairies. It would be cute to see her reaction!