Archive for the ‘Butterflies’ Category

Queen Butterfly — Honoring Mothers   3 comments

Queen Butterfly — Image by kenne

Some such Butterfly be seen 
 

Some such Butterfly be seen
On Brazilian Pampas —
Just at noon — no later — Sweet —
Then — the License closes —

Some such Spice — express and pass —
Subject to Your Plucking —
As the Stars — You knew last Night —
Foreigners — This Morning —

 
— Emily Dickinson
 
 

Marine Blue Butterfly On Algae Scum   4 comments

Marine Blue Butterfly On Blue-Green Algae Scum (Cienega Creek) — Image by kenne

In our recent walk along Cienega Creek, much of the creek’s surface water has begun to dry up, leaving behind pools
of water perfect for the buildup of blue-green scum. We noticed a marine blue butterfly flying over one of the pools,
suddenly landing a leaf floating on top of the scum.

— kenne

Democracy   Leave a comment

Desert Orangetip Butterfly — Image by kenne 

“Democracy is the art and science

of running the circus from the monkey cage.”

— H. L. Mencken

 

Pipevine Swallowtail Abstract   Leave a comment

Pipevine Swallowtail Abstract — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual.
Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom. 
If one could but recall his vision by some sort of sign. It was in this hope that the arts were invented.
Sign-posts on the way to what may be. Sign-posts toward greater knowledge.”

— Robert Henri

Don’t Lose Hope   2 comments

Queen Butterfly — Image by kenne

Don’t lose hope

spring is on its way

look, and you will see

the signs everywhere.

— kenne

Checker White Butterfly   1 comment

Checker White Butterfly — Image by kenne

One Day Butterfly

Aren’t we all one-day butterflies,
not aware of time.
Searching for partners or honey
until Death kisses us.
Then in his arms, tenderly rocked,
waiting for a new chance
to fly away again
and join the dance
of the one-day butterfly

— Mary Emily Bradley

Butterfly Art   Leave a comment

Two-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly — Photo-Artistry by kenne

 “You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

Mahatma Gandhi

 

Common Buckeye Butterfly   1 comment

Common Buckeye Butterfly (Junonia coenia) — Image by kenne

So, I begin researching articles on butterfly color and found “The evolution of color:
How butterfly wings can shift in hue” in ScienceDaily. They found that buckeyes
and other Junonia species can create a rainbow of structural colors simply by tuning
the thickness of the wing scale’s bottom layer (the lamina), which creates
iridescent colors in the same way a soap bubble does. 

“In each Junonia species, structural color came from the lamina. And they are producing
a big range of lamina thicknesses that create a rainbow of different colors, everything
from gold to magenta to blue to green,” says first author Rachel Thayer.
“This helps us understand how structural color has evolved over millions of years.”

You can find more information structured color at Marine Biological Laboratory.
(Please note, I’m a photographer, not a biologist.)

— kenne

Butterfly Art — No Words Friday   3 comments

Two-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Swallowtail Artistry   1 comment

Swallowtail Butterfly — Photo-Artistry by kenne

You pull over to the shoulder
          of the two-lane
road and sit for a moment wondering
          where you are going
in such a hurry. The valley is burned
          out, the oaks
dream day and night of rain
          which never comes.
At noon or just before noon
          the short shadows
are gray and hold what little
          life survives.
In the still heat the engine
          clicks, although
the real heat is hours ahead.
          You get out and step
cautiously over a low wire
          fence and begin
the climb up the yellowed hill.
          A hundred feet
ahead the trunks of two
          fallen oaks
rust: something passes over
          them, a lizard
perhaps or a trick of sight.
          The next tree
you pass is unfamiliar,
          the trunk dark,
as black as an olive’s; the low
          branches stab
out, gnarled and dull; a carob
          or a Joshua tree.
A sudden flaring up ahead,
          a black-winged
bird rises from nowhere,
          white patches
underneath it wings, and is gone.

— from Magpiety by Philip Levine

Black Swallowtail Butterfly   3 comments

Black Swallowtail (08/29/14) — Images by kenne

year twenty-twenty
a year not soon forgotten
crawl on our bellies

— kenne

Southern Dogface Butterfly Art   Leave a comment

Southern Dogface — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Therefore am I still
     A lover of the meadows and the woods,
     And mountains; and of all that we behold
     From this green earth; of all the mighty world
     Of eye and ear, — both what they half-create,
     And what perceive; well pleased to recognize
     In nature and the language of the sense,
     The anchor of my purest thoughts, the nurse,
     The guide, the guardian of my heart, and soul
     Of all my moral being.

— from Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, On Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour by William Wordsworth 

 

Texas Crescent Butterfly   Leave a comment

Texas Crescent Butterfly — Image by kenne

I like writing about where I am,
where I happen to be sitting,
the humidity or the clouds,
the scene outside the window—
a pink tree in bloom,
a neighbor walking his small, nervous dog.
And if I am drinking
a cup of tea at the time
or a small glass of whiskey,
I will find a line to put it on.

— from In the Room of a Thousand Miles by Billy Collins

Texas Crescent Butterfly Art   Leave a comment

Texas Crescent Butterfly — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Butterfly On The Rocks   Leave a comment

Arizona Sister Butterfly (08/16/13) — Image by kenne

In deep shady canyons within the Sonoran Desert and more commonly at higher elevations the Arizona Sister
is a common and welcome sight. The caterpillars use a variety of oak species as a host plant.
In the photo at left there are two adult Arizona Sister butterflies drawing sap from a wound in the trunk
of an old oak tree. A closer look will also reveal two additional butterflies, well camouflaged.
The two are Asterocampa leilia, Desert Hackberry Butterfly.  arizonensis.org

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