Archive for June, 2012

Tallgrass Butterfly House in Pana, Illinois

Sometimes we need a little time away.  Not very long, but just a little drive to see some of the countryside and a destination with something fun.  Tallgrass Butterfly House is one of those places.  Site Manager David Nance will greet you when you arrive.  Talking with David is a download of butterfly and natural history information.David will share what he knows with those willing to ask and listen.  He will point out butterflies, plants, caterpillars and the like for you to enjoy, or will let you  enjoy at your own pace.

The butterfly house is an enclosure of a mesh like or screen material.  This blocks a little of the sun, but allows a feeling of being outdoors.  You feel the breeze and breathe fresh air will wandering the paths inside.There is a small pond with lotus and goldfish.  There is even a bench to sit on when you need to rest next to the pond.  A very nice place, this spot to just sit and watch activity that might be missed if you were walking around.

Kids and adults all will enjoy this site.  There are even trails you can walk.  The site is an old Railroad right of way.  Walking the trails you can see butterflies and hummingbirds along with many other thinks including native prairie plants.  I have made the trip several times and plan to go back more. Everyone that has made the trip with me has enjoyed it, also.

This is one of the many jewels tucked away in the Prairie State of Illinois.  Hopefully you can stop by and enjoy the site and even ask David a few questions.Entrance is free, but donations are accepted.Take time to enjoy a few hours this summer at the Tallgrass Butterfly House in Pana…  A visit will be an interesting afternoon.

Colorful Fly


 I never thought I would like the looks of a fly.  The presence of one in the house playing with the lampshade is always a nuisance.  Having one join a picnic is a bit of a distraction.

Watching one on a flower can be entertaining.  Looking at the colors this one reflects can give a new appreciation for them.  Some can be drab and others full of rich and bright colors.

I now can say, I enjoy watching them in my backyard.  They are invited to the feast of flowers planted there.  But, I still wish they would wait till they are invited to join me at a picnic.  Hamburgers are for me,  and flowers are for flies.

All of nature has a beauty of its own.  All can be enjoyed at the right time.

Flowers at the Roadside


Friday after work, I took some time to spend with my camera searching for some flowers to photograph.  Headed to one of the conservation sites to photograph along the road.  There were many flowers along this area with easy access.  There were photo ops all over.  Many were non-native including the lilies in the background.  I will be heading back soon.

By the way watched the International Space Station go overhead after dark.  Stopped by a friend’s house after photographing and he told me it was going to fly overhead.  I have heard people talk about it, but never saw it.  I will look for it again.  It was a treat.