Thursday, April 21, 2011

They might as well be spiders

I hate butterflies.  The way they meander aimlessly and carelessly into you. In Japan, there were these huge black butterflies that look like small birds that always seemed to be diving for me. 

In the bottom left side of the photo. To compare, that is a lime on the bottom right side of the photo.

While I like to photograph them, I've always hated butterflies. They really might as well be spiders. So when the Safari Park had its annual butterfly exhibit, I was nervous to say the least. I was entertaining Olga over the weekend and it was Jeff's birthday, so I sucked it up and waited in line without (much) complaint. As the guide instructed us on what to do if one lands on us, I thought "Please don't let one land on me!" while I know most people hoped the opposite. Seems like butterflies can sense fear because the inevitable happened.

Only Jeff and Eddie have seen me truly horrified to my core. And when I'm scared I laugh almost uncontrollably. (That night after Disneyland in the strip mall parking lot when we were eating fast food before heading home. Yeah that's for another time.) So I might be smiling in this picture but it's because I was paralyzed with fear and a well intentioned little girl was talking really fast at me excited that a butterfly won't get off my head. 

After getting a guide to pull it off, I spent the rest of the time crouched and ducking rogue butterflies while Olga and Jeff tried to get one to land on them.

Maybe its the unforgettable Silence of the Lamb movie cover (yes, I know that was a moth, and don't even get me started on moths!) or maybe it's the fact that they are crunchy gross insects. Either way, I don't want them on me!

Update: This is what I wanted to see:



Olga says:
at: April 21, 2011 at 7:53 PM said...

I call shenanigans. You insisted we go thought the exhibit, supposedly to see birds; but I know what you really wanted to see!

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