Squirl's Nest

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

A trip through the Garden Part 1

Last spring I went to the Frederik Meijer Gardens. It was spring when they do their "Butterflies are blooming" display. They bring in many, many chrysalises and place them in their tropical exhibit. They are very careful to check people as they leave that no butterflies are hitchhiking. No exotic species are released that way.

I like to go every year. Not only is it fun to see the butterflies, they have beautiful plants throughout. I took a lot of pictures. There are only a small portion that I'm going to show you. You may now breathe a sigh of relief. :)

Because there are so many I'm going to break them up into three posts. Some photos I'll explain, others I'll leave to your imagination.

It starts in the desert house. I had to snap a few pictures here.

Then it moves into a more temperate zone.

Then it was into the tropical part. You'll have to click on these and check out the Large size in order to see the butterflies. Those little buggers are really hard to shoot.

More to come in part 2...


Anonymous Danielle said...

I love the cacti! Especially the one that is blooming the pink flowers. That barrel cactus looks really impressive too.

The butterflies are quite pretty. It looks like you did just fine getting shots of them. :-)

I'll be looking forward to the next installments.

Tue Jul 25, 09:25:00 AM  
Blogger Effie said...

Now THAT must have been a LOVELY trip through the gardens!

The second pic with the pink flowers is lovely!

Happy Chocolate Tuesday Squirl!

Tue Jul 25, 09:56:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Danielle, thanks! It really is a nice garden. You ought to see the butterfly shots I had to dump. At least I got a few.

Effie, yes, it really was. Thanks! Is this really chocolate Tuesday?!? Sounds good to me. :)

Tue Jul 25, 10:10:00 AM  
Blogger eclectic said...

Holy Moly -- that's gorgeous! But I had to laugh, because out here there's a Target-type chain of stores called "Fred Meyers", and they have a pretty comprehensive garden center in the Spring/Summer, so initially, I thought you were joking about where you went. But, you probably don't have Freddy's out there, do you? Ha! Joke's on me!!

Tue Jul 25, 12:07:00 PM  
Blogger Effie said...

Every Tuesday is Chocolate Tuesday--declared a few months ago by Chocolate K--who I found through Circus Kelli....I have decided it was a worthy cause that should be kept up!

So--today at break I had a chocolate milk rather than the usual regular milk! ;)

Tue Jul 25, 12:10:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Eclectic, thanks! But what's even funnier is that long before there was the Frederik Meijer Gardens there was Meijer's Thrifty Acres, a line of grocery stores that grew into the super stores with all kinds of departments. I know they've been around since the 60s here. I did hear about your Fred Meyers from a friend who moved to WA. It was a good chuckle.

Effie, well then, that's good enough for me. I've been keeping dark chocolate Kisses at my desk to try to keep away from whole candy bars. I think it's time for my second Kiss. :)

Tue Jul 25, 12:37:00 PM  
Blogger Von Krankipantzen said...

That is so cool. I love butterflies.

Tue Jul 25, 01:02:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Thanks, Kranki, they are so cool. Sometimes they land on a person. I'll have to tell that story another day.

Tue Jul 25, 01:07:00 PM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Well, um, after the awful thing I said about cacti in my last post, I can't look at some of these pictures without a very rotten giggle. But that's a good thing.

Always wanted to check out the Meijer gardens but never did. Glad for the photo essay!

Are these named after the Fred Meijer that starter Meijer's? Or is that just a common name in west Michigan?

Tue Jul 25, 02:32:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Bucky, that's the exact same Fred Meijer. They even have a big bronze statue of him out in the outside gardens.

And what timing, that I should post about the cacti now. At least it made you giggle. like that's a hard thing to do :)

Tue Jul 25, 02:35:00 PM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

Okay, so getting me to giggle is easy.

Getting me to stop giggling is a lot tougher.

Tue Jul 25, 02:46:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Yes, you do have a good point there.

Tue Jul 25, 02:53:00 PM  
Blogger hellokittn said...

I wish I would have came here earlier today, I could have benefit from the serene pictures and the resulting XXX pictures as a result of your sister's brain washings about cacti.

I'm seriously going to fry for that mental image...

Tue Jul 25, 03:16:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Yes, Kittn, the serene pictures and the mental images might have brightened your morning. :)

Tue Jul 25, 03:37:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Them's some nice flutterbies you got there lady.

Tue Jul 25, 08:13:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Thanks, Mr B. And that's kinda cool, cuz I like to call them flutterbies, too. :)

Tue Jul 25, 08:30:00 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

How absolutely cool would that be? Oh, I SO want to go to the butterfly garden too! I guess I will have to live vicariously through your photos, Miss.

Tue Jul 25, 11:31:00 PM  
Blogger LadyBug said...

Lovely photos, Squirl! What a beautiful place to visit.

Wed Jul 26, 09:49:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

There's a nice flutterbies garden up near Effie, but I elected to stay in the bus on that little trip. It was TOO hot out and I was ready to stay in the AC for a bit.

Wed Jul 26, 10:55:00 AM  
Blogger Effie said...

Mr. B--it's a good thing you didn't go in to the Butterfly Conservatory if you were already hot--they don't cool it down in there as most of the flutterbies are tropical and need the warmth! When my hubby and I went to visit, the moment I walked inside there were butterflies flying around, swooping down by my head and it freaked me out! I felt like the room was filled with bugs, and, really, butterflies ARE insects, but after a minute, I had myself calmed down as they really are BEAUTIFUL! We spent most of our time there trying to get a good photo of a big beautiful blue butterfly and then trying to identify them after. Fabulous!

Wed Jul 26, 03:02:00 PM  
Blogger judypatooote said...

I just went to the butterfly house and wrote my post about it with a slide show.....It is awesome, seeing all those little beauties. and they land on you.....I got some pretty good shots....

Your pictures are wonderful, as usual....and I love the cacti too.

Wed Jul 26, 04:53:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Jim, happy to have live vicariously though my pictures. Don't you guys have anything like that over there?

Ladybug, thanks! It really is a fun place.

Mr B, Effie's right. It's always hotter where the butterflies are.

Effie, I know they're bugs, but they're so pretty. A friend of mine can't get past the "they're bugs" part of it. She went through there after the main part of the butterfly show was over so there weren't very many, but she was freaking out that one might touch her.

Judy, I'll have to check yours out. Thanks!

Wed Jul 26, 06:13:00 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

I love butterflies . . . I think I would just love the Garden. Looking forward to part 2.

Wed Jul 26, 06:47:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Nina, it really is nice. Fred Meijer made a lot of money from people in this area. It's only fair that he's given a little back. :)

Wed Jul 26, 07:02:00 PM  
Blogger Bone Machine said...

Those are some nifty leafy greens!

Thu Jul 27, 12:18:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Hmmm, when you put it that way it sounds like a salad. i like your new profile pic. :)

Thu Jul 27, 12:36:00 PM  
Blogger Bone Machine said...

It was either Smokey Bear or Woodsy The Owl. The crying Indian chief would just bring everyone down.

Fri Jul 28, 09:27:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Bone, I remember that indian. Yeah, that would really put a damper on the mood.

Fri Jul 28, 11:49:00 AM  

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