Butterflies

I have a known love for butterflies and this year I have really thrown myself into gardening in an effort to create a habitat for my little friends, especially the monarchs.

I hope to write about this soon at apricelessthing.com. In the meantime, I cannot wait to share images of some of my garden visitors. (You may note that some of my winged guests arrived before I even had the plants in the ground…)

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(yes, a broken wing…)

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(lay eggs on that milkweed?)

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Yes, our earth is beautiful. It is holy. But I will share a secret with you. It is also hilariously funny.

The last of the images above is that of a Red Admiral butterfly feasting on a zinnia. Red Admirals are unusually friendly to humans. I also accuse them of being terrible teases… See what I mean?

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Here is one playing in my hair, something they were doing repeatedly earlier this summer. And yes, my hair really is that white… 🙂

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Teach us…

In our culture, we typically associate beauty and strength with being “perfect”, i.e. young and intact.

Today, however, I encountered a tiny creature that reminded me what a serious error this is in our values.

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My camera and I regularly receive the images of butterflies and I do not believe we have ever encountered a living one as badly injured as this one.

To watch this this little one fly from flower to flower, feed and pollinate, with one hindwing almost totally missing and the other severely damaged, was nothing less than awe inspiring.

Beauty. Strength. O Holy Earth…teach  us.

Where to start…

It is somewhat hard to know where to begin a blog of this sort, not having ever done one that consists primarily of images.

Though it is closer to autumn now than to spring in northeast Ohio, I would like to share some images from my “Tulip Project” that developed spontaneously this past May, as my camera and I wandered about my neighborhood.

As we explored, I was reminded that there is beauty at different stages of life and development, not only at the “prime” of life. The aging tulip is as holy as the tulip in bud or full blossom…

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(Please be patient with me, as I am still learning how to present to you the beauty I have seen. You may click on any image to see a larger version of it.)

Sharing the Holy…

This new blog has been born as a way to share the holy in image.

It has been said that, “One of God’s names is Beauty.” As my camera and I gaze upon the beauty of the Earth, I cannot doubt that this is true.

Without traveling to exotic places, we have been blessed to receive many images that stir my heart and awaken the holy within.

And so I share some of these images here in a sort of photo journal, for any who wish to gaze with me. I post them with humility and reverence, for I have not created the Beauty, only been witness to it with wonder and awe.