Sunday, June 17, 2007

A Carpet of Butterflies


On the road from Queen Elizabeth National Park to Bwindi in Uganda in April we had hours of travel on deserted muddy roads. The road ahead was covered in a literal blanket of butterflies, and as we drove they rose up, then settled back down, so that there was a constant surge of butterflies around the car. Primarily yellow, but there were blue, red, brown and white ones also.

The butterflies literally covered every car track and every pile of elephant dung. Whatever minerals or food source they found, they were dedicated to it. Once in awhile we stopped the car and just gazed at the literally millions of butterflies ahead.

Riding slowly through clouds of butterflies on a beautiful, sunny morning was memorable.

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