Posts tagged ‘Butterfly’

September 25, 2012

Garden life and colour

Some recent pictures from the garden…

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good…

(Genesis 1:31a)

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August 21, 2012

Emerging

Sometime in the middle of last month we had an unexpected visitor at breakfast.  As we sat together, one of us noticed a caterpillar crawling up the outside of the window, we watched as it got to about half way and then it stopped.  We soon got bored and carried on with breakfast and forgot about the caterpillar.  later on in the day however we noticed that it was still there but it had sort of deflated a bit and dulled in colour.  Tiny silken fibres had begun to surround the caterpillar, anchoring it to the window.  Slowly over the next few days a chrysalis formed around it.

We went away on holiday and came back and ‘he’ was still there, unchanged, though perhaps a little darker in colour.  Then a couple of days later, (once again at breakfast), we noticed some movement.  The butterfly was emerging, head and legs and the first part of the wings, still all tucked in and neatly folded.  We watched for a while but he didn’t seem to progress any further.  Perhaps he was waiting for the sun to shine, but the sun didn’t shine much and it was an unseasonably cold and wet day.

Sadly, he didn’t make it.  All those weeks of waiting for the moment to arrive and when it did it all went wrong.  So near and yet so far…

(See photo on Flickr here.)

September 13, 2010

Faded Glory

Faded Beauty

I suppose we don’t need any reminder that Summer has now reluctantly begun to make way for Autumn.  All around, the leaves are beginning to change colour, many flowers parade their final encore and the sounds are those of finality (for this year at least); the swan song is in the air.

I came across this butterfly whilst recovering a rugby ball from a flower bed.  Like the autumn leaves, its wings are fading; once glorious colours are now only shades of brown.  Yet it is still beautiful.

Having helped with a couple of funerals recently, the words of the old funeral service (which is seldom used now) came to mind:

Man that is born of woman hath but a short time to live … He cometh up, and is cut down, like a flower; he fleeth as it were a shadow, and never continueth in one stay.  

A little bleak perhaps, but a stark reminder of not only the fragility of life but its transience also.  Not only we but all of Creation are in an inevitable Autumn, waiting patiently for that eternal Spring to come…

June 7, 2009

A stroll around the garden

Camera: Olympus OM-1, Lens: G.Zuiko 50mm f1.4, Film: Fujifilm Reala 100

Camera: Olympus OM-1, Lens: G.Zuiko 50mm f1.4, Film: Fujifilm Reala 100

Camera: Olympus OM-1, Lens: G.Zuiko 50mm f1.4, Film: Fujifilm Reala 100
September 24, 2008

Hanging on to the Summer…

Nikon D70s, 50mm, ISO 200, 1/125 sec, f8. (Click to enlarge)

Even though the Buddleia is way past its best, this Peacock Butterfly doesn’t mind. In order to get this close to take a photo I had to improvise by sellotaping a magnifying glass to the front of the lens! Most were blurred, but this one came out alright…