Dreamy Yellow Butterfly

Earlier this week Big Sis and I made a trek down to the Shaw Nature Reserve, located in Gray Summit, Missouri. Every Fall the monarchs fly through on their trek South but, unfortunately, there has been a steady decrease in their numbers in recent years. 😦

The ranger we spoke to told us that they had been afraid that the monarchs had dwindled to the point of nothing but thankfully, they had started to see them the weekend before. Excited, we headed out to the prairie sections of the reserve to see what we could find. Sadly, we found very few monarchs. We spotted some but just 5 years ago their numbers were in the thousands flying through but we saw less than 50 this time, and we were walking for over 4 hours. I fear that this may be the last year that we see any.

However, we took 100’s of photos. Yes, I said 100’s and we’ve been pouring through them all week. We’ve been experimenting with a new look to the photos and we’re really excited to share them!

What do you think of this dreamy yellow butterfly?

Here we've played with the color a little.

Here we’ve played with the color a little.

 

Here we've only cropped him.

Here we’ve only cropped him.

 

Which photo do you prefer? Let us know!

 

 

The Butterfly House

I don’t know about you but where I live, here in St. Louis, the weather is like diaper surprise, ya never know whatcha gonna get and you could pass out from the fumes. But since it was cloudy and slightly chilly today, we figured it might be a good day to head indoors to take some pictures. So if you’re in St. Louis and love gardens and nature but don’t want to be out in the elements, head over to the Butterfly House. It houses a collection of butterflies from around the world. They grow these cute little guys themselves and it’s so relaxing to walk through the indoor gardens with tropical butterflies fluttering around you. Try it. I dare you not to relieve some stress while you’re there! 😉

And as a bonus, as a division of the Missouri Botanical Gardens which, if you’re already a Garden member, the price of admission is already included in your membership. YAY! Good deeds AND included admission? I’m there. Also, they acknowledge other garden memberships from around the world, so check yours before you come.

I highly recommend you visit if you have a chance. It’s located in one of our numerous parks and it’s great for families. Check out their website for more information.

In honor of the Butterfly House, here are some of the photos we took.

Enjoy!

Bee on yellow bush

Butterfly

Little Butterfly 2

Flower City

Today Big Sis and I spent time pouring over photos that were recently shot and that we’re getting ready to upload to the Etsy store.

Whew! Talk about a ton of pics! Big Sis is a photo taking machine. This is the same woman that when she came to visit me in Canterbury, during my study abroad semester, took over 14 rolls of film just at Leeds castle alone. Yes, I said over 14. I told you she was a machine. Just thinking about the film development cost of that trip makes my nose bleed. >.<

But I realized while pouring through these newest ones that there is a certain look that Big Sis manages to attain in almost all of her shots. For me, it’s like she’s spotlighting these little plants in a way that I hadn’t seen them before.  It’s a wonderful, amazing and dazzling thing. And yes I’m hella jealous of her but that’s okay. Check out this one that didn’t make the cut below.

This one turned out too dark.

This one turned out too dark.

But this one was good. 🙂

This lacy girl is gorgeous! <3

This lacy girl is gorgeous! ❤

This one makes me go awwwwwwww.

Flower & Butterfly 2

So thankfully, there were a few good ones. It’s interesting how you can take 100’s of photos and in the end only get a handful that are spotlight quality. But then again all photos are special in their own way. 😉

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