Wyatt and I (well, I) decided that we needed a change of scenery. We've been stuck inside for what seems like ages, but it was still a bit too cold to go outside for any length of time. Perfect solution - Franklin Park Conservatory.
We were greeted by a lovely receptionist who directed us toward the butterfly display. They have several cocoons pinned up in various states of butterfly emergence. Very cool. The newly butterflied beauties were either hanging up to dry, walking around getting the lay of the land, or flying around.
Once we had seen the new butterflies, we went into the rainforest exhibit, where we were lucky enough to see one of the FPC staff (his name was Bob) releasing new butterflies into the exhibit. He was really great with the guests. He let several patrons hold the butterflies. The little girls were beyond themselves with excitement.
It was really beautiful in there. There were giant palm trees, beautiful flowers and there were butterflies everywhere. They were all different sizes and colors. Even my little guy was amazed. He had a great time spotting them.
As we strolled through the building, we got to enjoy several pieces of Chihuly glass. They were placed throughout the building in the best spots so that they would catch the light. It's a perfect marriage of art imitating nature and vice versa.
I'll be honest, I don't know if the first picture below is Chihuly, but it is very beautiful. That piece was hanging from a skylight in the lobby.
So, if you are ever feeling like you need a little inspirational pick-me-up, swing on by. Admission is $12.00 for adults, $9.00 for seniors, $6.00 for children (3-12), and little ones are free. It was well worth the cost of admission to spend a few hours surrounded by tropical beauty in the middle of a blustery Columbus day.