(Ecuador) – Last call to board the Magic Carpet for the Butterfly Safari! The gate’s about to close! Please have your cameras in hand and batteries charged! Volcano Cotopaxi released a bit of stress, but she’s quiet again. The clouds and volcanic ash have gone back to sleep, and we’ve been cleared for takeoff!
The full moon will be escorting us around the globe, with stops in South America, Central America, New Zealand, Australia, Europe and North America. Put on the headphones for in-flight music and prepare for the most unique safari you’ve ever experienced.
Ready? Set… Let’s Go!
“Well she’s walking through the clouds
With a circus mind
That’s running wild
Butterflies and zebras and moonbeams
And fairy tales,
That’s all she ever thinks about
Riding with the wind” – (Jimmie Hendrix)
Prepare for the first landing; it might be rough because this flight is loaded to full capacity. Oh goodness – excuse the turbulence — we veered beyond the landing spot!!! Our apologies – complimentary drinks will be provided!
Now where in the world are we? My navigator is checking the GPS….
HA! We landed smack in the middle of the cloud forest! Would you consider this a ‘Tropical Jungle?’
There are requests for tropical jungles (Kiwi Maureen/ http://kiwis-soar.com )
…and there’s a special request for “… let us land at that spot on that quiet lake, near the lily pads and reeds to watch the flitting around of the very colorful dragonflies.” (Babs/https://salmonfishingqueen.wordpress.com/)
Although many friends join me on this Magical Butterflies and Zeebra Safari, in real life I often embark on butterfly treks while staying near Mindo Ecuador. All of these images were taken on my friends’ property, so let’s see what we can find here without risking another crash landing elsewhere! I know these trails, so we might spot some rare and elusive species.
Is everyone feeling alright? No contusions from the rough landing? that’s great; let’s keep scouting for butterflies.
There are many trails here; I’ve seen otters and agoutis and deer as well as the butterflies – but alas, the only zebra around is your guide for this safari!
There are many new species here that I do not see on the coast. Does anyone have the Birds of Ecuador book? There are so many birds here – just look around and you’ll discover new ones!
There are so many things to see; birds, butterflies, botanicals – I’m glad many of you remembered to charge the camera batteries and remembered to bring back-up batteries as well! Let’s peer into the established gardens.
Let’s give the hummingbird some privacy – Time is flying! We’d better search for more butterflies!
Barb! You took one step too close and spooked it! But look! It landed over there on the porterweed! Thank you for helping us get a prettier shot!
The horizon suggests that the sun will be rising soon. Let’s try to squeeze in a few more beauties before we take everyone home!
There’s never enough time to capture all that’s beautiful, but we must slow down and take time to note the beauty around us! Let’s look around once more before heading home. Parting will definitely be sweet sorrow. It’s been a great safari, thanks to all of you and your belief in the journey!
Goodnight everyone! Thanks for flying with Zeebra’s Magic Carpet! If you enjoyed your flight, please give a good review on Trip Advisor!
“Fly on Little Wing…” (Hendrix)