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Wildlife Encounters

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Since I've been sharing my new-found monarch obsession with everyone around, I took 2 almost-ready chrysalises down with me for Abram and Lucy.

When we got up the very first morning, one butterfly had emerged and the other was on the verge.

 


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By the time Abram (4 years old) and Lucy (2 years) woke up from their afternoon naps, both monarchs' wings were dry and they were ready to be released.

 

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I love it how their other pointer finger is pointing too!  So cute!

 


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Mommy Kara...

 


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...and Gramaw had a little monarch action too!

 


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I love sharing wildlife experiences with my grandbabies!  I want them to appreciate the amazing and beautiful world God has created for their earthly home!

 


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After considerable (but surprisingly very gentle) holding, we released a male and female monarch behind their home.  And the next couple of days we saw them flying around several times.

 

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Perhaps this doesn't count as a wildlife encounter, but how shocking to see this HUGE white rabbit hopping around just outside their kitchen window!

 


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As it turns out, it is their next door neighbor's pet rabbit that somehow escaped its hutch and was enjoying a few brief minutes of freedom...

 

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...until Kara spoiled its fun and informed the babysitter, who captured the escapee.

 

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I had brought some binoculars, but our plan to visit a nearby wildlife refuge/park was nixed by the extremely hot and humid temperatures.  So instead we checked out a nature area behind their housing development.

My little fellow explorer practiced his binocular skills by spying on the neighbors...

 


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Our fearless leaders were off on their scooters!

 


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Yep...Gramaw and Mommy pushing Daniel's stroller are slow.....

 


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Read this sign carefully.

PLEASE APPROACH QUIETLY.

Riiiight............  Have you ever been around these three kiddos???!!!  "Quiet" may be the ONLY word that is not in their vocabulary!

 

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There is a beautiful wetlands area back there...very lush and green, a water-lily-filled pond surrounded by acres of cattails.

 

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"I don't see nuffing."

 


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I'm blaming it on the extreme heat...

 


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...but the only real WILD LIFE we encountered were of the 4- and 2-year-old human variety.

 

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What adorable, perfect specimens they are!

 

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We did see several big pretty dragonflies...

 


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...and butterflies. 

For your Friday trivia:  Name that butterfly.  

It's an Anglewing butterfly.

 


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I want to go back this fall, early in the morning when the weather is cooler and the foliage has died back some.  

It is a very neat place!  

 


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Even if we didn't "see anyfing'," it was still a fun experience shared with some of my very favorite people!

 

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Love me some...

....wildlife encounters.

 

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