Just a bit more about the butterfly pavilion...
Because between Q and the butterflies, there was just so much loveliness to capture.
I love beetles, too. Do you? They're just such wonderful little pieces of natural architecture. I always want to draw them.
Look at this flagrantly virtuoso display of nature's artistry. Did you ever? It really takes the breath away to see all the varieties together like this. Simply miraculous.
Oh, and then?...
...there was the zipline.
I didn't want you to think that, because she's a little squeamish about bugs, the Q has entered a timid phase. She is the same sporty, thrill-loving, daredevil tomboy as she has ever been.
So we should not have been surprised that her first encounter with a zipline was epic.
She took one look at it, and there was no hesitation in her face. Of course, she had daddy with her for support. She knows how to hang, thanks to her weekly gymnastics practice, but her little arms are still tiny.
She must have done the zipline six or seven times in succession before we dragged her away (kicking and protesting).
The look on her face was priceless. I have never seen her shiny little face glow with such broad, unfettered glee. It won't be long before she's doing this on her own, I know.
Oh, our little thrill-seeker. We can't protect her forever, but for now she still allows our sheltering arms to keep her safe.