Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker
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Labyrinths and Lepidoptera: How I spent my day

We went out today to Symonds Yat. Which is, I think we can all agree, an excellent name for anything.

We were visiting the Butterfly Zoo and the Hedge Puzzle, which I think we can all agree is a terrible name for anything, but particular for a maze which was actually great fun (and had me completely lost wandering around it).

The butterflies were great - I love anything which has you wandering around with the animals, rather than separate from them, and having a huge butterfly land on my leg - and then crawl merrily onto Noah's hand, to be paraded around for ten minutes and shown off to anyone who would hold still and listen, was a joy.

We then wandered through the maze, Julie saving me from bumbling blindly in circles, Mike made it through in three minutes flat, and Mum and Noah had to be rescued by Hugh. There was a dome in the middle, to make it easier to find it, and a viewing platform that allowed you to shout helpful instructions to people. Or to take the piss, if they happened to be your loving brother.

Photos - and videos - under the cut!

Pretty butterfly!


Another pretty butterfly!


Huge butterfly landed on my leg!


And then got carried about by Noah!


Close-up of a similar one!


Transparent butterfly!


Huge butterfly hatching out of tiny space!


One corner of the enclosure, with loads of butterflies wandering about!


A butterfly mating dance! Or maybe just one butterfly giving another one a headache, for the lolz!


Hugh leads Mum and Noah to the centre of the maze!


Team Ducker make it through alive!


The maze, from above!




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