Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Pets in a jar and the Gulf Fritillary Butterfly!
Summer is greeting us here in Miami and I think he may have a fever because he seems a little warm? We have been experiencing a very intense heat this week that leaves you feeling more burnt than toasty. So we have been exploring early or late, but that has left the canal not wandered and alone since it is alligator mating season and they do like those times of day we have decided not to chance hanging by the water during that time the alligator enjoys. And we all know how wonderful they can blend in, we have not seen any yet but we also know that our favorite spot is really lovely and I can't imagine an alligator not enjoying it as much as we do. Especially with such wonderful birds and fish.
We have pulled out our Favorite book, pets in a jar. And have been collecting some friends to study for a little bit. They visit for a few hours and then we let them go. Butterflies are hard to draw, they are just such busy bodies and you could get quite the work out while trying to get a portrait.
We also met a Caterpillar the younger version of the Fritillary Butterfly. He had a rather scary costume on with prickly barbs, but in spite of this he seemed rather friendly. He stayed with us for a brief while. We had hoped he would linger awhile so we could see his wings. But he did not prefer our tea and cookies and since we caught him on the run we were not sure what this little guy ate. So we sent him back on his merry way to have a few more adventures before his extreme makeover.
During the afternoon heatwave we have been keeping busy trying to learn how to bake bread, drawing in our journals. Noah is learning how to make dough ball bait to fish with. Liam well the best way to describe Liam is he usually has a book attached to his face although I was happy to see him take a break from reading today and he was drawing a picture from a story about King Arthur that he is reading. And Anna well she is always busy going this way and that. Now that I think about it she is kind of like the butterflies we have been catching. She has been working on the bread making, trying embroidery, watering our new plants, painting, getting into things with glue and scissors ... I will stop here but the list with Anna does go on.
If you would like to read more about the butterflies we have been catching. The pictures are absolutely beautiful.
If you feel like coloring a butterfly or know someone who would you can
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