Signs of Spring

Spring can be fickle in Michigan.  On the days that don’t follow the rules, I improvise! We are blessed to have The Frederick Meijer Botanical Garden and Sculpture Park less than 30 minutes from our home.  There are some days I just need to hang out in the tropical house, where I can enjoy 85 degree temperatures, with 70% humidity, surrounded by tropical foliage.

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This tropical house becomes even more magical for the months of March and April,  for 7000 tropical butterflies, including 50 different species, fly freely in this beautiful paradise! This is the largest tropical butterfly exhibition in the nation.

I have to admit, the Blue Morpho is my all time favorite tropical butterfly.

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And just when you think she can’t become more beautiful…
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Something magical happens…
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She spreads her wings!
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What a blue-eyed beauty!

Here is a little live action magic, of a blue fairy in disguise…

 

Next time, I am going to take my sleeping bag and see if the volunteers will let me keep an eye on these beauties.  I hate to leave!  This is one yearly membership that I truly utilize often.  By the way, did I mention the café!?!?  Drool…

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And just when you think it can’t get any better…Orchids!  I know my friend Super D, over at https://artyplantsman.wordpress.com/  would be in heaven with this display!  If you have a passion for flowers, gardening, and art, I highly recommend you check out his blog.  To top it off, he has a wicked sense of humor!

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Look at those blooms!!!

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Although this is not exactly a sign of Spring, it sure makes me look forward to Spring’s awakening!   If you ever visit West Michigan, I highly recommend exploring this magical place. (And Indigo Acres, of course!)

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

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Be Still

I personally believe that being out in nature is the best medicine for healing the soul.  I will admit, Winter is not my most favorite time of year, but I have learned to embrace this frigid season and enjoy the gifts it has to offer…

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As I was outside, exploring the Japanese conifer garden today, I was filled with excitement for Spring is right around the corner.  Although the gardens are resting, soon they will flourish once again…

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Today, Be Still…  Focus on what brings you joy and fills your heart with passion.  Dream of the future, while still remembering to live in the moment.

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

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