Monday, September 14, 2009

Butterfly Reawakening

The bits of nature in my backyard delight me. Birds, rabbits, flowers, butterflies all have a place in my heart. But occasionally I am jarred into realizing that I have been less than aware of my surroundings. When something new appears, there is a reawakening of the senses – and a reminder that I am not a nature expert. Like the dark butterfly that showed up on the bush. I checked my butterfly and moth book but couldn’t identify it. That makes me all the more excited to see it. How can I take something for granted when I can’t define it? I keep looking for it and the search makes me aware of the rest of Mother Nature’s treasures.

Note: If anyone can identify this butterfly, please let me know. I may not be an expert but I am always eager to learn.


  1. I, too, find it an adventure to walk in my garden or just look at it through my kitchen window. There is always a bird, butterfly, rabbit or new flower bloom to see. Sometimes I am startled by the vibrant color of a cardinal or bluejay or, just yesterday, the bright yellow of a daylily that suddenly stared blooming again. Reading your blog has awakened me to the life occurring right outside in my own backyard. Thank you,


  2. Thank you, Claire, for your lovely description of your own natural habitat. Every day I find something new to pique my interest and my appreciation; I suspect you do as well.
    - Ferida