Butterfly, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Creatures Great and Small

It is always so delightful to be out and about with the family and encounter amazing creatures.  An opportunity for Chaos and Mayhem to marvel at the wonder of nature close up; a great way to appreciate the incredible variety of animals, observe animal behaviour and learn not to be fearful of animals but to treat them them with care and respect.

So far we have discovered a bizarre chewing gum like nest and seen over 20 baby preying mantis’ hatch, a mummy bird’s nest, first with eggs and then with baby birds that our cat managed to rather quickly dispose of (nature’s harshest lessons learnt), an Andalucian Funnel Web Spider (very scary tarantula like spider), multiple birds of prey to name a few and some fantastic animals that we actually managed to photograph better than others!  It makes our hearts soar to see our boys so inquisitive and full of wonder, marvelling at nature and the extensive variety of creatures great and small.

Large Birds Nest on the Church, Salvaterra Do Extremo, Portugal

Horse picnic on the edge of the lake, Idhana a Nova, Castello Branco, Portugal

Butterfly, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Caballeros on Horseback, St.Juan Fiesta, Fuentes de Cesna, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Si the Burmese Cat sat on a Palm Tree, Andalucia, Spain

If you know what the species of butterfly or the names of stork-like birds are, we would love to know!

Linked up #MySundayPhoto with Photalife, click the icon below to check out what other amazing bloggers have been photographing this week.


Post Author: Topsy Turvy Tribe

Paul & Andrea ex-pats escaping the rat race with Chaos (aged 4) and Mayhem (aged 2) along for the adventure.

11 thoughts on “Creatures Great and Small

    Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    (July 16, 2017 - 1:09 am)

    What beautiful photos. I love the shot of the butterfly. I have no idea what type of butterfly it is though!


    (July 16, 2017 - 1:09 am)

    That’s a lot of mantis hatching all at once. And the butterfly look stunning, like it could be a hair clip….I have no idea what it is though. Hope someone can tell you 🙂
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    Fiona Cambouropoulos

    (July 16, 2017 - 1:39 am)

    I’m a bit of a butterfly nerd but I’m afraid I don’t know that one, it looks very happy basking int he sun though. They are all lovely photos from the nature reserve.

    Debbie Roberts

    (July 16, 2017 - 6:53 am)

    Hi Andrea & Paul, it’s lovely when children are still curious about the creatures we share the world with. I have no idea what type of storks you’ve photographed, but I love the photo. And as for the butterfly? I haven’t a clue either, I’d probably end up calling it Jet or something equally as daft…. I was lucky enough to see some preying mantis babies hatch too, they were so cute! But I never had a camera with me and was gutted.

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    John Adams

    (July 16, 2017 - 6:58 am)

    Are the storks not herons? If you do a search on my blog for Herons you’ll find a terrifyingly similar image form out holiday in Portugal last year! ANyway, great images. Never heard of an Andalusian Funnel Web. Possibly just as well! #MySUndayPhoto
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    darren coleshill

    (July 16, 2017 - 9:16 am)

    Great images, look at the size of that nest…I think I could live in it

    Thank you for linking up

    Catherine's Cultural Wednesdays

    (July 16, 2017 - 10:08 am)

    The storks are storks, no idea about the butterfly. Great photos especially the cat one #MySundayPhoto
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    Toni | This Mama Blogs

    (July 16, 2017 - 3:32 pm)

    Stunning photos, love the look on the cat’s face! #MySundayPhoto
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    Baby Isabella

    (July 16, 2017 - 8:10 pm)

    Unfortunately we can’t help you with the name of that butterfly but it does look absolutely stunning- we’ve never seen one like this! #MySundayPhoto
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    (July 17, 2017 - 10:28 am)

    Fabulous pics. I love the butterfly one, especially, although can’t help you with a name. It looks old and faded so that doesn’t help with identification. Let’s hope its lived a happy life. #MySundayPhoto
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    Martyn Kitney

    (July 22, 2017 - 7:56 pm)

    Wonderful photos! I really love the cat on the stump! Look forward to seeing tomorrow’s photo!  #mysundayphoto

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