So we went to this little atrium yesterday called The Butterfly Place.
For $8.50 apiece, you got to walk around a fabricated wilted jungle and observe all kinds of butterflies, with names like Giant Swallowtail, Ghost Brimstone and Isabella Tiger Longwing.
It was kind of neat, especially for a 1-year-old. Definitely good photo ops.
You weren't allowed to touch the butterflies, but if you were lucky, they would land on you.
Up close, butterflies aren't always beautiful. With bodies like worms and dis-proportioned larvae, they are lucky they have wings to offset their homeliness.
The environment was warm and muggy, and if you wore glasses, they would steam up upon entrance. Kind of like stepping out into a June New Orleans morning from an air-conditioned hotel.
It was a quiet place, this Butterfly Place, and despite the crowded walkways packed with strollers, parents and cameras, there was a sense of peace.
Butterflies, after all, are free.