Last week we had zero degree weatherâ€”not counting the windchill factor. I tend to forget the â€˜realfeelâ€™ notification and regret that a lot this time of year. Best to be overdressed than underdressed.Â On Tuesday I heeded the notion and set out for my little downtown venture.
First I saw Backyard Monsters at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum on its closing day. Weâ€™d walked past the robotic creatures in the dark before Pinning Class, when I thought Iâ€™d have lots of time to go see this. Time sure flies when youâ€™re living the good life.
I learned more about insects (such as wasps being able to make paper) observed some critters, drooled over the morpho display case, pushed buttons ofÂ the fun mechanical demonstrations, and posed by the giant monarch.
There are so many more butterflies and moths to discover!
Then I perused â€œA Meticulous Beautyâ€ which is up through May 2013.
Who knew a wall covered with pastel-colored insects could be so beautiful?
Having some time to spare, I also spun through the Judy Istock butterfly haven, to warm up in rainforest temperatures.
One the three Atlas Moths that had recently hatched was still there, and it perched waaaayyy up high.
There are still more to come, though. 🙂
This lace-edged longwing was new to me.
The smiley-faced Zebra longwings always make me happy.
The Cairnâ€™s Birdwing had a butterfly spot on its wing.
When the museum closed it was time to head on over to the next adventure, a Skate & Sip outing with the Womenâ€™s Innovation Network. We warmed up on hot cocoa before heading out to the rink, which turned out to be closed after our sipping and chatting. So weâ€™ll just have to do the skating another time.
Cloud Gate looked pretty, and it was a lovely ending to a joyful day.
ADDENDUM: As of March 10, 2013, I no longer support the WIN Board and its actions. However, I do support small business, women-owned businesses, and the gracious hosts of past WIN events.