Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Frederick Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids Michigan


 The chrysalis:
a protecting covering : a sheltered state or stage of being or growth.
 Caterpillars can be just as fascinating and colorful as the adult butterflies.  Each species has a characteristic coloration and pattern, which can change as it grows.
 The Common Morpho 3-5" wide.
Common morpho butterflies have brightly-colored, blue metallic upper wings. Their undersides, visible while the butterfly is at rest, are cryptic camouflage featuring 4 sets of "eyespots."

 Small Postman 2.5-3" wide.



Carol and I taking a snapshot while observing the butterflies. It was warm in there and I was 
sweating so much! Spring-here it comes, or are we skipping spring and heading directly into summer? 

 Small Postman
 Great Mormon 4-5" Wide
 Small Postman (these come in various designs).
 I loved the design on this Small Postman


 Frederick and Lena Meijer and I

Fred Meijer was born in 1919 and began working in his father’s grocery store at the age of fourteen. After high school, Fred joined his father full time in the business. In 1946, Fred married Lena Rader whose parents were farmers. She also worked in the grocery store as a clerk. Meijer, Inc. grew into a multi-state supermarket chain, and Fred and Lena became major philanthropists in Grand Rapids, Michigan, especially toward medical institutions and nature preserves.

 Love this picture that I captured of this waterfall. I was playing with the settings on the camera and I actually conquered what I set out to do! YAY ME!
I think I am going to head back out here when things are more in bloom.

Had a very nice time out at the Gardens and I would recommend this to anyone who likes to do things like this. So, if you are ever in the Grand Rapids, MI area, head on out to the Gardens.

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We love the Gardens and had a membership one year. I wish it was a little closer to stop by for a walk now and then!

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Nice pictures, love the flowers and butterflys.. and you are a Hoot!!!

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