Sunday, September 21, 2008

A Night Safari For Two

"I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does."

-Jorge Luis Borges

Alan and I went on another date the other night, we decided to visit the Conservatory of Flowers in the evening, rather in the daytime when we usually do. The conservatory introduced something new this year, that goes along with it's display of butterflies. The Night Safari. For the same admission price, you come to the conservatory on the first and third Thursday of the month, with flashlight in hand, to view the large Luna, and Cecropia moths, which usually reside in the rafters.

The Night Safari's have been running since last April when the exhibit opened, but this was the first chance we had to get over to the city on a night. It was the second to last night safari that they have scheduled, so there wasn't many of the big moths to be seen, but it was also rather fun to hunt the usual suspects of Monarchs, Buckeye, Gulf Fritillary, and Crimson Longwing butterflies.

I wasn't too disappointed that there wasn't a glowing Luna moth fluttering about, and neither was Alan, we have just resigned ourselves to be more on top of things if the conservatory decides to bring the night safari's back. Hopefully they will stick to the schedule, of offering this exhibit every two years. My fingers are crossed! It was a delightful way to spend an evening, and wandering around in the conservatory at night was both spooky, and romantic at the same time! Alan is a fun date.

Afterwards we drove across town to Ghiradelli Square, for an ice cream. We took it to go, and ate it outside under the big Ghiradelli sign. Vanilla with warm caramel sauce for me, Java chip, with hot fudge for Alan. I don't indulge in ice cream very often, so it was a nice little treat. Somehow ice cream just tastes better when you haven't had it for a while. Still, I think we will be going back there soon. It was just too good to stay away! And besides, how many really good dates can you have for under $20.00!? :)


Crimson Longwing

Yellow Orchid

Conservatory of Flowers
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, California
September 18th 2008


Wammy said...

Sounds like a great date to me. When I first saw the picture it looked a little like out Elephant House at the Zoo. For Mother's Day our kids took me to the butterfly exhibit at the Conservatory. I was cold and raining and very crowded. But tons of fun. The ages range from 28-28-26-16-6-. lOTS OF DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES

Kiva said...

What wonderful idea. The lighting on that orchid is magnificent.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Hi Carly, Your photos are wonderful! Thanks for the invite for tomarrow. I will check out your challenge then! Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog:)

Suzanne R said...

I am captured by your photo of the lit-up conservatory at night. So lovely! And what a neat idea, to let people bring flashlights so they can see these beautiful butterflies in the dark.