Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The province of Monteregie is nicknamed the "Garden of Quebec" for a very obvious reason. The area is filled with lovely pastoral landscapes of vineyards, orchards and artisan farms. But an unexpected bit of bucolic wonder was the butterfly aviary tucked inside of Ferme Guyon farm and horticulture center.
A hundred species of butterflies float around in the specially created ecosystem and I tried to spot as many as I could. It was tricky, they fly away quickly and their wings blend in with plant leaves.
After a few tries, I discovered that it's best to sit still and let them fly near you.
Before I knew it, a toffee-colored butterfly was relaxing on my purse.
And then another came to rest on my bright blue pants leg. As visitors bustled around furiously snapping pix, I grabbed the best images of all just by being still. I think there's a lesson in that somewhere...