Painted Lady — Zen Art by kenne
“Once upon a time, I dreamt I was a butterfly,
fluttering hither and thither,
to all intents and purposes a butterfly.
I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly,
unaware that I was myself. Soon I awaked,
and there I was, veritably myself again.
Now I do not know whether I was then
a man dreaming I was a butterfly,
or whether I am now a butterfly,
dreaming I am a man.”
Painted Lady Butterfly On A Rock — Image by kenne
This time of year I spend more time hiking on Mt. Lemmon that I do doing nature walking in Sabino Canyon. The exception was yesterday’s SCVN Lizard Walk. During the walk, which I will be posting on later, we saw a few butterflies. Currently, there are naturalists doing butterfly counts. I haven’t seen a report on the numbers, but from my observation trying to photograph them, the numbers are low.
The above image of a painted lady is one of the few butterflies I saw, at least that stopped for a moment. Maybe I would have seem more if I had been looking for butterflies rather than lizards.
Painted Lady Butterfly (Vanessa cardui) — Image by kenne
- Painted Lady (forestgardenblog.wordpress.com)
Painted Lady 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
Photographing butterflies this summer has been difficult. The few that are around are skipping from plant to plant, not taking time to stop.
While hiking on Mt. Lemmon yesterday, I kept and eye out for butterflies. I tried photographing a black swallowtail, the only one I saw, in flight with no success. My only success came when I spotted a painted lady butterfly, stopping just long enough for the following images to be captured.
Happiness is a butterfly,
which when pursued,
is always just beyond your grasp,
if you will sit down quietly,
may alight upon you.
— Nathaniel Hawthorne
Images by kenne (Click on any of the images to see a slide show.)
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“Painted Lady Butterfly” — Image by kenne
I am a painted lady.
I am a glancing kiss.
I am a song of gratitude.
I am more than a face.
I am painted for pleasure.
I am delicate and beautiful.
I am your secret diversions.