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Butterfly Center, Dallas, Texas

Some friends (Naomi and Larry, thanks!) suggested we visit the Butterfly Discovery Center in Dallas.  Never heard of it before, so we thought it would be a good idea.  Especially since we are currently in a heat wave in Dallas, It was really hot outside, and the butterfly exhibit was inside, so this seemed like a good idea.

If you ever visit a butterfly exhibit that is inside, remember that it is usually a tropical environment.  It was hot and humid inside, so much so, it felt good to go outside in the high 90’s heat!

If you want to take butterfly pictures, have a good camera and lens, and fast reflexes.  These little buggers move fast and unpredictable!  However, I managed to get a few that were resting a bit.  It really was an interesting exhibit, both inside and out.  The gardens outside by themselves is worth a visit, and it’s cheap.  We recommend a visit here.


Dogs, and Arboretum

February 28, 2016 1 comment

Spring is starting in Dallas area!  Today, Stacy and Dallas invited us over for a brunch and to go over wedding plans.  As usual, good food, family company, and things to look forward to!

The weather was so nice I just had to take a few pictures of the dogs playing outside.  After that, we made a little side trip to the Dallas Arboretum to look at all the flowers springing up.  The Arboretum is a favorite place for us to go multiple time during the year.






Hyacinths look and smell great!


A pink tulip, subtle in the colors


Pansies always look like they have a face


Double flower


A little waterfall


Even cherry blossoms


Even Benjamin Franklin looks pleased


Bright colored tulips


Colorful flower beds


A most pleasant day

Today we hiked Sounds of Silence again.  So much to see!  New flowers are blooming, bringing a new color cast to the desert.  Want to know why it is called Sound of Silence?  Once you get around some of the rocks there is no sound except local animals.  In fact, the silence is so great that it has been measured: at less then a quiet sound room for music recording!  Some pictures:

The path through the red wash, uphill to the plateau

A view from the plateau

A splash of white, in the middle of the desert

Coming down from the plateau requires walking down slick rock, OK when it is dry but really slick if wet...

Somewhere in there is the "path" we took back down. A good test of nerves, and hiking shoe traction. Slick rock photo taken at the top

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