Monday, June 17, 2013

Sertoma Butterfly House

Located in Sioux City, South Dakota Sertoma Butterfly House and Marine Cove is definitely worth the visit if you're ever in the area. We had the good fortune of discovering this little gem mainly due to the fact that we can no longer drive from Montana to Iowa in two days, so we split it into three. Our second leg took us to Sioux City where we stayed for a day. My husband was looking for things to do and found this spot online. Needless to say I was very excited, and I was not disappointed. The butterflies are everywhere in various shapes, sizes and colors. I didn't stand a chance of being able to identify them all. The staff is very friendly and more than happy to answer questions. We even had a few butterflies land on us while we were there. I will definitely be returning to this magical place during future trips.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A Beetle and A Bull Snake

We recently decided to hit eastern Montana in an attempt to finish the Dino Trail. We weren't quite successful, but that's another blog post. Since driving out there takes as long as it does to drive to Rapid City, South Dakota (Wish I were kidding.), we decided to drop by Makoshika State Park. Located in the badlands of Montana, the environment for this park is equivalent to a desert. Perfect for growing things like cacti and rock outcrops. OK, so maybe the later isn't so much grown as it is carved. Not only does this make for some stunning scenery, it also makes for a change of pace. While, another one of my favorite places, Buffalo Jump State Park, also has a desert environment the two places are more like cousins than twins. This meant a whole bunch of new critters for me to photograph. Two of the most interesting were a beetle, my husband spotted and a bull snake we almost tripped over. I would love to go back some time and just go hiking here. I didn't have nearly enough time to explore this wonderous place on this trip.

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