We live on a wooded lot in the middle of a city. It's great because my kids get to enjoy nature and I get to have a grocery store within five minutes. I love looking out all our back windows and seeing trees, especially in the spring after the long, gray winter.
But the best part of where we live are the visitors -- my kids would rave about all the bugs and snakes, but I really prefer the winged variety.
I'm not sure what this little guy is, but isn't he lovely? Sarah saw him first and insisted I get a picture of him.
And isn't this guy regal? This is the same branch as the photo above, just taken from a different angle. I really hope this predator doesn't eat beautifully colored yellow and red birds.
Our other winged visitors arrived by mail in the form of caterpillars. We bought Sarah a butterfly pavilion for Christmas this year and she was thrilled when it got warm enough to order her little caterpillars. The ugly little things grew really fast, made chrysalises and emerged as painted lady butterflies the same week Katie was born.
We let them go this past Saturday. Sarah was unhappy about parting with them at first, until she was able to see how happy they were flying away.