Friday, January 22, 2010

Butterfly Delight

It's a cold and rainy day today.  As I'm putting away all of the leaves from Abundance...I'm already thinking about finishing my next journal piece.



And I intend to include a few butterflies.  I'm not sure how just yet.  But I want to remember my trip to St. John, when I left the Disney Cruise for a few hours, camera in hand, alone (no one else wanted to go!), and set off to the Butterfly farm.  I had never been to a butterfly farm before and I was not disappointed.



I think my camera loved the butterflies as much as I did.  And though I could not capture the sensation of hundreds of butterflies flitting around me (I should have taken a video camera with me)...

I was able to capture the colors and the beauty once the butterflies had landed...



And I was struck by the colors and the designs of the butterflies themselves.  Like this one...I love this icy blue and I'm struck by the design on the body of this butterfly almost more than its wings...



And the palette of this entire picture makes my heart swoon...the taupe and ivory and cream of the butterfly -- and check out the coloring on this body -- plus the flower...wow.



And how is it that the butterflies are attracted to colors that look so nice in their pictures?



And so many times, they were attracted to colors that not only complemented their own...but matched them.



There were moths there too.  This is an owl moth that was just "born".  He's being held upside down by the butterfly lady so you can see how he looks like an owl...



And as I think about these butterflies and the delight you feel as you watch them flit and fly and land on your finger...

My thoughts keep returning to some of the imagery in Avatar.  I need to find some pics to share with you of that movie.  I tried searching for them to share...and that's how I got my virus.  I'll keep looking.

Have a delight filled day. 

13 comments:

Nellie's Needles said...

oooo...another adventure to follow. What fun!

I saw Avatar on a regular screen and thought that was awesome. I cannot even imagine it in 3D. Guess I've got to go see it again for the experience of this new technology.

Marty52 said...

So beautiful! I love the first picture best for some reason... it's probably the way the background is. Yummy all the way around... I know you'll come up with something spectacular!

Loralynn said...

You got such beautiful pictures! The last time I was at a butterfly house, my camera just wasn't up to the task. I can't wait to see the evolution of your next journal page!

Judy S. said...

Butterflies, how fun! Were they contained somehow? We have a Butterfly house at the Science Center, and your post was a reminder to visit it again sometime. Sorry about the virus, certainly the downside of technology.

Shelly said...

You (and/or) your camera take amazing pictures - the colours are just so vivid - looking forward to seeing some of these beaded beauties xx
Shell x

Ingrid Mida said...

I love butterflies. They have such fragile beauty and symbolize transformation. I cannot wait to see what you come up with.

Vicky~ stichr ~ said...

ooooooooo.........all i can think of...oooooooooooo.......

Carol said...

I scroll throught my blog roll. When I see your posts, I always save them for last because I know I am going to want to take time to drool. My friend Deb said "Did you see Susan's post today". We always recap interesting things we see on the web during our daily Indiana to Pasadena phone conversation. So, I knew this would be good!

Funny that no one else wanted to go with you. Even if you're not into butterflies, they are certainly a wonder of nature.

I always enjoy your observations on color. I wonder why butterflies are drawn to flowers of their same color...o, I know why, but what causes them to do it. Interesting.

Thanks for posting about this. I always love to visit places my friends have gone that I can't visit in person.

xx Carol

FredaB said...

Your butterfly pics are wonderful as usual. The first time I was in one was on the way back from a Toronto visit and they had just opened one between Niagara- on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls (this is on the Cnadian side if anyone is making a trip). It was enchanting with all these butterflies flying around us and landing on the plantings. Have been in a couple since but the first one I remember the best.

Hugs

FredaB

a2susan said...

Hi, Susan. I am just catching up because my computer got a virus too!You continue to outperform even yourself in your work and creativity. I love the recipe idea for Jim's birthday, and of course my favorite recipes are from the kids. How wonderful!

I'm waiting to see what you do with your butterflies in a future bjp.

Susan

Olive Tree Guitar Ensemble said...

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Keep doing!

Wanda said...

Wow...I never even THOUGHT of a butterfly farm, much less know where one is! How wonderful! And the pictures...oh my goodness! Such beauty. And the butterfly lady is my special hero of the day....for touching a moth!!

Robin said...

Fabulous butterfly photos. My fave is the blue sweetie on your blouse? Delight is right!

Robin A.

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