Welland Snaps 2014: Butterflies Are Free, Bees A Bonus

DSC_1484 (2)DSC_1470 (3)DSC_1487 (3)DSC_1461 (4)By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

One of several discoveries during 2014: the butterfly gardens on the Niagara College Welland campus.

I’d seen the wildflower beds while walking with my dog, but from afar didn’t recognize them for what they really are.DSC_4315 (3)

It took a moment’s curiosity one July morning.

A wildflower bed was being visited by a dozen or so butterflies. They touched down gently, nosed around for nectar the flowers may have had to offer, then fluttered off to nearby others that caught their eye.

When I returned in the afternoon, the dog stayed home and the camera came with me. One afternoon I spent almost three hours in the gardens watching the butterflies and taking photographs.

The best butterfly garden is found along a stretch of Woodlawn Road, down a ways from the First Avenue intersection and the big berm. You can see it from the road while driving by.

Not many people realize the butterfly gardens are on campus, judging by the lack of visitors over the course of last summer.

Signs have been erected explaining what they are, they’re well worth reading if you visit.

When you do, be sure to bring your munchkins, and your cameras!

While there, you will also probably see bees in the butterfly gardens too. Don’t tell them to buzz off!  The bees are a bonus attraction.DSC_1261 (3)DSC_1321 (2)

(A former reporter and city editor, Joe Barkovich lives in Welland, Ontario, Canada’s Rose City.)

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