8/25/2012

Float Like a Butterfly

It was a beautiful afternoon here today, so I snuck away for a short hike while my husband was mowing.  Ramsey Canyon is beautiful anytime of year, but especially in the summertime.  The gigantic sycamore trees, the sound of running water, and usually hummingbirds, but today the hummers were absent.



Instead, I was greeted by clouds of butterflies along the trail.  They didn't seem to be bothered by my presence and continued their wing exercises.  There were several varieties sunning themselves in the dappled sunlight and then fluttering around as if getting the flying thing down just right.  When I was a kid, I used to chase them with a net through the fields and the unlucky ones ended up pinned to a piece of cardboard.  I prefer a camera these days and I was glad I brought it along. So instead of a lot of text this week let me show you some of those delicate and elegant little creatures.

As you know, butterflies start out as caterpillars, eating like maniacs before they spin themselves into a cocoon or chrysalis.  They emerge as totally different creatures with beautiful colors and the ability to fly.  What fun our Creator must have had when He designed the butterfly.  Below you'll find that pictures of the little beauties I saw today.

California Sister

Sleepy Orange

Hard to See - the Spring Azure

California Sister and Bordered Patch
video

1 comment:

Robyn McMaster, PhD said...

I have a great appreciation of the natural world as you do. How amazing to find so many butterflies. Thanks for sharing.

Positively encouraging

8/25/2012

Float Like a Butterfly

It was a beautiful afternoon here today, so I snuck away for a short hike while my husband was mowing.  Ramsey Canyon is beautiful anytime of year, but especially in the summertime.  The gigantic sycamore trees, the sound of running water, and usually hummingbirds, but today the hummers were absent.



Instead, I was greeted by clouds of butterflies along the trail.  They didn't seem to be bothered by my presence and continued their wing exercises.  There were several varieties sunning themselves in the dappled sunlight and then fluttering around as if getting the flying thing down just right.  When I was a kid, I used to chase them with a net through the fields and the unlucky ones ended up pinned to a piece of cardboard.  I prefer a camera these days and I was glad I brought it along. So instead of a lot of text this week let me show you some of those delicate and elegant little creatures.

As you know, butterflies start out as caterpillars, eating like maniacs before they spin themselves into a cocoon or chrysalis.  They emerge as totally different creatures with beautiful colors and the ability to fly.  What fun our Creator must have had when He designed the butterfly.  Below you'll find that pictures of the little beauties I saw today.

California Sister

Sleepy Orange

Hard to See - the Spring Azure

California Sister and Bordered Patch
video

1 comment:

Robyn McMaster, PhD said...

I have a great appreciation of the natural world as you do. How amazing to find so many butterflies. Thanks for sharing.