It would be a bit ridiculous to try to recap all the time since my last post, so I'll stick with the photography-and-arts themed stuff. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and the Butterflies exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia are both awesome. Magic Wings also has wandering leaves and stick insects, making it even more awesome. So does the Academy of Natural Sciences, but they're not presently out on display - the keeper was nice enough to point them out to me (in terrariums just sorta visible in the back room), but they were not close enough for photography, sadly. I was able to get some really nice pictures of the ones at Magic Wings, and I've gotten some good butterfly shots at the Academy. I've also ventured back into painting, recently, and discovered that I've missed it. I want to do more painting.
So, pictures -
From Magic Wings:
(Not a butterfly or insect, obviously - this would be the very adorable offspring of my friends Heather and G., who live near Magic Wings. The baby was very, very fascinated with leaves. Also very, very cute.)
From the Academy of Natural Sciences:
And the painting:
Bush Katydid nymph on Bee Balm flower, watercolor on canvas, 12"x16". The reds aren't really quite as neon-road-marking-paint bright as they look here, and the buds toward the bottom are more green, but this was the best I could do photographing it in indoor light, and it's windy outside.
Next week I am off to England to visit good friend E and her husband M and their offspring, aka the honorary nephew. I am hoping that while I am there I may get to stop by the Zoo of London, which apparently has both a butterfly room and an insectarium. *squee*