wordless wednesday

On Sunday, Doug and I went to the University of Michigan Botanical Gardens hoping to get some butterfly photos. As you can see from the picture above, the gardens were in full bloom, but we were disappointed to find only bees buzzing around the flowers. We took a few photos, whining a good deal of the time about the lack of the lovely winged insects, and then we set out for home. As we were driving down the freeway there was a sudden loud “plunk” as a large insect hit the windshield. When I turned and looked over at Doug he simply said, “Yes…it was a butterfly.” The irony continued at home when while sitting out on the deck the swallowtail pictured below fluttered and flapped and feasted leisurely on the flowers growing in our own backyard pots. As I looked at the photo of Doug on my computer the next day, surrounded as he was by masses of beautiful flowers, I realized how foolish we were that afternoon not to be grateful for the present moment just as it was, even if it did happen to be butterfly free. So I guess our lesson for the day was – You don’t necessarily need to wander far from home to find your heart’s desire, but if you do,Β  for heaven’s sake – stop and smell the flowers along the way!

Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, it may alight upon you. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

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  1. Pictures are beautiful, post that went with it is great, and I hope I’m not being mean but I am laughing about the butterfly. Sometimes we do need to get hit in the head to be reminded that we are blessed.

  2. I loved your post, beautiful pictures and inspiring words.
    My sister taught 2nd grade last year and the had 4 butterflies that they hatched in a box. After they had observed them for several days they went to the playground to release them into the “wild.” All 4 flitted off into the sky as the 8 year olds watched them in amazment, then suddenly a bird swooped down and gobbled one up right in the air. The children’s mouths dropped to the ground, and one girl cried. Life is definitley ironic huh.
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  3. An important lesson in life ~ without a doubt. The two photos are great but the second is really special ~ I love it.

    Strangely, I’ve noticed of late that whenever I’m out and about butterflies land on me and rest awhile ~ they don’t land on those who I’m with at the time. Everyone has remarked on it. I do ake the moment to enjoy each and every butterfly that calls upon me.

  4. Beautiful pictures Lilli… Not only is the butterfly gorgeous—but the flowers are marvelous all around your hubby… It is good to look beyond ourselves at times isn’t it—-to see the unexpected… Great post.

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