Friday, August 31, 2012

blue morpho

I live in a place where flocks of bright green parrots chatter in trees, and huge blue butterflies glitter past.
Blue Morpho at a butterfly farm

Blue Morphos are just enough of an uncommon site that seeing one in the wild feels like a special treat.  Even more special is being surrounded but them at a butterfly farm, and we are lucky enough to live right down the road from one.  

it is hard to catch their wings open when you want to take a picture

Morphos are big-- their wing span is 4 or 5 inches.  When a butterfly is that big, you can actually hear it fly past.  It sounds like the flutter of velvet.  The outside of their wings is a plain brown, while the inside is a brilliant shifting blue, so their flight is a staccato of color.

this is from our honeymoon in Costa Rica.  Morphos like fruit.
I still stop in delight every time I see one.


  1. Good morning how are you?

    My name is Emilio, I am a Spanish boy and I live in a town near to Madrid. I am a very interested person in knowing things so different as the culture, the way of life of the inhabitants of our planet, the fauna, the flora, and the landscapes of all the countries of the world etc. in summary, I am a person that enjoys traveling, learning and respecting people's diversity from all over the world.

    I would love to travel and meet in person all the aspects above mentioned, but unfortunately as this is very expensive and my purchasing power is quite small, so I devised a way to travel with the imagination in every corner of our planet. A few years ago I started a collection of used stamps because trough them, you can see pictures about fauna, flora, monuments, landscapes etc. from all the countries. As every day is more and more difficult to get stamps, some years ago I started a new collection in order to get traditional letters addressed to me in which my goal was to get at least 1 letter from each country in the world. This modest goal is feasible to reach in the most part of countries, but unfortunately it’s impossible to achieve in other various territories for several reasons, either because they are countries at war, either because they are countries with extreme poverty or because for whatever reason the postal system is not functioning properly.

    For all this I would ask you one small favor:
    Would you be so kind as to send me a letter by traditional mail from Belize? I understand perfectly that you think that your blog is not the appropriate place to ask this, and even, is very probably that you ignore my letter, but I would call your attention to the difficulty involved in getting a letter from that country, and also I don’t know anyone neither where to write in Belize in order to increase my collection. a letter for me is like a little souvenir, like if I have had visited that territory with my imagination and at same time, the arrival of the letters from a country is a sign of peace and normality and an original way to promote a country in the world. My postal address is the following one:

    Emilio Fernandez Esteban
    Avenida Juan de la Cierva, 44
    28902 Getafe (Madrid)

    If you wish, you can visit my blog where you can see the pictures of all the letters that I have received from whole World.

    Finally I would like to thank the attention given to this letter, and whether you can help me or not, I send my best wishes for peace, health and happiness for you, your family and all your dear beings.

    Yours Sincerely

    Emilio Fernandez

    1. Hi Emilio,
      Sure, I can send a letter. Good luck with your project.


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