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Perfect Landing   2 comments

Two-Tailed Butterfly-art-72Two-Tailed Swallowtail — Photo-Artistry by kenne

A perfect landing

This beauty can do no wrong

Two-tailed swallowtail.

— kenne

Two-Tailed Swallowtail   1 comment

Southern California September 2012Two-Tailed Swallowtail (May 2012) — Image by kenne

A favorite image from eight years ago.

— kenne

 

Changing Existing Reality   Leave a comment

Common Swallowtail-72Two-Tailed Swallowtail Butterfly On A Mexican Bird of Paradise — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.

To change something,

build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

— R. Buckminster Fuller

Two-Tailed Swallowtail Butterfly   Leave a comment

Two-tailed Swallowtail-72Two-Tailed Swallowtail Butterfly — Image by kenne

Beauty and size make the two-tailed swallowtail butterfly (Papilio multicaudata)  an impressive specimen with a nearly five-inch wingspan and a body that approaches two inches in length. So impressive that is was designated the Arizona state butterfly in 2001.

Near the top of the yellow wings are 4 markings of almost parallel black lines. The posterior portion of the wings holds blue dots surrounded by black markings that curve to form a “w” shape when the wings are open. Below these dots are more rectangular shaped orange bars emblazoned into the dark outline of the wing.

Swallowtail Butterfly   1 comment

Swallowtail Butterfly-art-Edit-1-72Swallowtail Butterfly — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The background is dark

Creating more eye contrast

Perspective is changed.

— kenne

Come Fly With Me   1 comment

Two-Tailed Swallowtail Butterflies (6 of 6)-2-art-2-72“Come Fly With Me” — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.”

William Shakespeare, The Tempest

Whimsical Butterfly Art   2 comments

Southern California September 2012Whimsical Butterfly — Photo-Artistry by kenne

There’s a naked butterfly
With black and yellow wings
On a yellow body attracted to
Hidden wonders when rain
Washes away desert dust
Letting the world change —
I’m happy to watch the wind.

— kenne

Mt. Lemmon In August   Leave a comment

SCVN Nature Walk 08-15-12, Marshall GulchTwo-Tailed Swallowtail Butterfly — Image by kenne

Mt. Lemmon in August

At least once or twice a week
We escape the desert heat
Driving the twisting highway
Where saguaros and dried
Desert plants cover the landscape.

Monsoon rains have soaked
The mountains not making it
To the lower elevations where
False expectations continue
To drive our conversations.

With each mountain road turn
The vegetation changes, first
The oak-grassland followed by
The pine-oak woodlands, chaparral
And the pine forest biomes.

A world apart from the desert below
Enjoying the cool mountain air
Clouds begin moving almost
Without motion soon the wind
Blows through the tall ponderosas.

Yet how gentle it seems the hikers
Knowing everything was just
A moment unable to conceive
The skyline on the ridge broken
By a darkening sky about to rupture.

— kenne

Two-Tailed Swallowtail Butterfly   2 comments

Two-tailed Swallow Tail-art-72.jpgTwo-Tailed Swallowtail Butterfly — Photo-Artistry by kenne

 

Two-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly   Leave a comment

SCVN Nature Walk 08-08-12Two-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly On a Thistle Wildflower — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The thistle attracts

Moving in the maintain breeze

Dancing and tempting.

— kenne

 

From Time Past and Time Future   1 comment

SCVN Nature Walk 08-08-12Two-Tailed Swallowtail Butterfly — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“Time past and time future
What might have been and what  has been
Point to one end, which is always present.”

— from Burnt Norton by T.S. Eliot

Making It To The Next Phase Of Life   3 comments

Two Tail Swallowtail IMG_0772 blogA student holds a Two-tailed Swallowtail just after coming out of its cocoon. 

Just outside the Sabino Canyon Visitors Center, A Junior Naturalist (7th grader) showed a Two-tailed Swallowtail with wings still curved, just having emerged from her cocoon. This image represents the last stage of a caterpillar morphing into a butterfly, which began with a very hungry caterpillar hatching from an egg. The caterpillar will spend this phase of its life stuffing itself with leaves, growing plumper and longer through a series of molts in which it sheds its skin. Then, one day the caterpillar stops eating, suspends itself upside down from a twig or leaf and spins itself a silky cocoon where the caterpillar digests itself, eventually emerging as a butterfly. Cool!!

— kenne

Two Tailed Swallowtail IMG_0774 blogImages by kenne

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