It's been a busy week at CAST, but I've taken breaks off and on to stroll through a small garden on the premises here at Moody Gardens, where I found a gazillion butterflies busy working the flowers. The only camera I had with me was my iPhone, so the quality of the photos is not stellar, but here are a few shots:
A Red Admiral
Two Monarchs, um, stuck together.
I am no butterfly expert, but I was able to identify the Monarch and Queen with Meredith's help from her recent post on Great Stems, and the Red Admiral with help from my friend Zoeann Stinchcomb, from Texas Parks and Wildlife (TP&W), who was also here at the conference.
There is also an very nice aquarium here, and as I am a sucker for them, I naturally had to take a look:
That last shot was a school of fish swimming over my head as I walked through a tunnel of water. I loved the swirl of light and dark.
I've also taken time to eat, as well one might, and went out for food with a couple of people from TP&W at the Mosquito Cafe, which was hit hard in last year's Hurricane Ike. Here's a plaque on the wall that commemorates the high water mark, with Zoeann standing in front of it for scale:
The restaurant has been completely renovated and it shines with spit and polish. The food was great, too, though I presume that spitting and polishing were not involved in its preparation.
I head home today, with a detour through Austin. Pam at Digging has suggested stopping off at Ima Hogg's garden in Houston--I am tempted, but I'm going to have to see how the time goes. It's been a long week and I feel beat down, but a stop at a garden might just be the ticket to perk me back up.