Flutterby

Words and photography by Theresa Furey.

"These images are from an outing in the Wye Valley to the Butterfly Zoo in Monmouth. My husband and I went with our two boys who are 6 and 3.5 years old. It was particularly meaningful as our youngest has just begun nursery and he was learning about Spring and the changes it brings in his class. The class specifically discussed the life cycle of a frog and a butterfly."

wye valley butterfly farm

"My son was in wonder and awe and began speaking about it all the time. He even began carrying eggs around with him explaining that caterpillars come from eggs to whomever would listen. He had loved reading 'The Hungry Caterpillar' but his enthusiam in reading it has never matched his excitement once he understood the more factual side of the butterflies' life cycle. So I promised both the boys a trip to the butterfly farm."

wye valley butterfly zoo
theresa furey
theresa furey

"When the day came he was full of joy. He ripped around the zoo looking for every type of butterfly he could find. His older brother was quick to help him locate them on the guides we were given. And for several minutes I could hear them calling out, 'Mummy, Daddy, come quick its a orange one. Oh here's a white and black one look. There he goes.'"

wye valley butterfly zoo

"Once the initial rush ended, I said to the boys we should search the zoo for all the stages in a butterflies life and sure enough they were all there. The amazement grew in my youngest. As he stand there gazing at each delicate stage, I could see into his mind."

butterfly eggs
chrysalis
butterfly

"In that moment, his excitement, wonder and thirst for knowledge made me feel even more alive. It gave me a second chance to feel like I learned something new about butterflies all over ago. A rediscovery. To me that is the most beautiful thing about being a parent. You get to relive everything through each child's eyes."

theresa furey

"Each child has a different perspective, different thoughts, different interests and they help you to see them new and fresh again. So I challenge you all - renew yourself and your life this Spring by diving into one of your old and your child's new interest."

wye valley butterfly zoo
butterfly zoo