What I’ve been up to… July/August (lots of butterflies and corpse flower pics)

So when we last left off, the corpse flower at the Botanic Gardens in DC had not quite bloomed yet. The corpse flower, if you recall, blooms infrequently for a very short time, and smells like rotting meat for the first 12 hours or so. It’s also like 8 feet tall.

The one at the US Botanic Gardens, by the Capitol, hasn’t bloomed since 2007. We’d been keeping an eye on the webcam and it finally started to open in the evening. So Doug, Amber and I planned to meet up after work to see it and to get dinner. Janine and Ron were going to try to meet us as well.

If you can believe it, there was a line wrapped around the building in the July heat (it was pretty hot this day). To see a plant. It was pretty awesome.

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The line moved though, and soon we (and a horde of people) were in front of the corpse flower. It really didn’t smell much anymore (that’s probably good?). But it was pretty impressive.

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Amber and I in front of the corpse flower:
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Doug and I:
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All three of us:
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The crowds and a sense of scale of the plant:
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Group photo:
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Afterwards, Amber, Doug, and I walked over to Eastern Market and had dinner at a great Pakistani place.
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Then of course we had to stop for cupcakes:
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We got one midnight and one chocolate hazelnut. They were both delicious:
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The butterfly infestation continues!
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On the way back from a meeting a bunch of us saw this giant caterpillar. Tim looked it up and it’s the caterpillar for the butterflies we’ve been seeing so many of, the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. The females are dark or yellow with blue. The males don’t have the blue inside their wings. The one below is a female:

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Here’s a male:
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Pretty sky:
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Tired of butterflies yet? I hope not. The other weekend we went to the plant nursery to finally get some shrubs to replace the ones that died in our front yard. And there were MANY MANY MOAR butterflies. Including the zebra swallowtail, which I hadn’t seen before. So here are MOAR butterflies.

The zebras were really fast and hard to photograph!
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Meanwhile, back at home…more butterflies. I’m almost getting bored with photographing them! Normally I get maybe 1 or 2 butterfly photos a year, but we’ve had so many this year.
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