Butterflies, orchids, children, and other miracles of nature…

1-DSC_0195If you enjoy photography then this is the post for you. Yesterday I featured our granddaughter’s fifth birthday (Letter to a Newly Minted 5-year-old). Today I’m going to focus on the Conservatory and Butterfly House at Richmond’s amazing Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. The children – not to mention the grown-ups – absolutely loved it.

The butterfly habitat is a carefully managed mist-saturated hothouse. Very warm, intensely humid, beautiful. It makes for some interesting photography. The best images are probably those featuring the children trying to sneak up on butterflies with their magnifying glass.

Enjoy the pictures. They are definitely worth the few minutes it will take to scroll through.

Peace – DEREK




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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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