The family and I are on our annual visit to the grandparents. Grandma and Grandpa live in a small town. If the weather is nice, everyone enjoys being outdoors. But if it is raining, searching for fun, interesting things to do can be a challenge.
Luckily, Grandma is the creative type and found a wonderful treasure for us to visit. The place is today’s choice for Photo Friday. I am happy to announce I have a guest photographer for today’s blog. It is my son, Old Boy. For christmas my husband, aunts, uncle, and grandparents all chipped in to purchase him a Cannon Rebel EOS camera. At the time of the purchase, I doubted the value of such an expensive camera. But after seeing the beautiful photos, I know it was money well spent.
Today’s Photo Friday subject is Wings of Wonder. Wings of Wonder is located 20 miles Southwest of Salem, Oregon, in a town called Independence. It is run by husband and wife team, Bob and Betty. Bob has loved insects and reptiles since he was a child, so he runs the critter areas. Betty is a plant lover, so she designs and runs the flower garden and picnic areas.
The butterfly garden opened it’s doors in 2007 and has a 2,400 square foot greenhouse containing butterflies, small birds and exotic plants. Located on the grounds also a reptile house, landscaped outdoor garden area and gift shop.
West of the butterfly greenhouse is the site rearing lab. The butterflies are ordered from insect farms around the world in their chrysalis stage. They are incubated in the lab to complete their metamorphosis. The butterfly life span varies from a couple of days to months, so over 300 chrysalis butterflies are ordered per week.
In the mist of a rainy my family and I were delighted to be transported to a tropical paradise. It was a bit of a drive for us to get Wings of Wonder, but well worth it.
Special thanks to Grandma for the visit suggestion and Old Boy for his amazing photos.
Enjoy. Talk to you soon, friends.