Back in Christmas 2013, I visited Chiang Mai. Although it supposed to be the flower blooming season, the weather was unexpectedly cold. Right before that trip, I read that the temperature in Chiang Mai city dropped to 0°C. It was a bit warmer when I landed there. Still, that was 4°C. Due to the unexpected weather, the trip was a failure.
This year, I made another attempt. With weather back to normal, I finally met these fairies at the summit of Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand.
Together with a large group of butterfly enthusiasts, I took a whopping 900km bus ride to Jiangxi looking for one butterfly, Sericinus montelus. The butterflies should be common in northern parts of China around late summer.
The original plan was to leave Shenzhen at night on Friday and to reach the spot in the morning on Saturday. Unfortunately, the ride was not exactly smooth as expected as we did not know buses were banned from highway during late night. When we reach the spot, it’s already late in the afternoon on Saturday. Still, we managed to find the locally common butterflies quite quickly.
This is quite an exciting year. After the trip to Ecuador during Chinese New Year in February, I took another two-week trip to the West Balkan.
During my Ecuador Trip in February, I tested the latest GoPro Fusion 360 degree camera. On desktop PC, you may adjust the view angle with the mouse. If you have a VR goggle, try YouTube VR and experience the trip as if you were with me.
It was the second destination and the main part of our Africa trip. The visit was overall fruitful.
In our Feb 2017 tip to Africa, Cameroon was our main interest. However, to make the transit smoother, we chose to stay a few days in Ethiopia.
In March 2017, we went to Nanjing to look for the lovely Luehdorfia chinensis.
At the end of the trip, we returned to the Napo area and revisited some missed spots due to bad weather. With better weather, the mesmerizing butterflies did not let us down.