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Gifts in the garden

The Monarchs are here!
Nestled in.

Is it possible to become friends with a butterfly?

It is if you first become a part of nature.  You suppress your presence as a human being, stay very still, and convince yourself that you are a tree or grass or a flower.  It takes time, but once the butterfly lets its guard down, you can become friends quite naturally.

~ Haruiki Murakami, 1Q84

Sharing the flowers.
Sharing the flowers.

… I come here every day, say hello to the butterflies, and talk about things with them.  When the time comes, though, they just quietly go off and disappear.  I’m sure it means they’ve died, but I can never find their bodies.  They don’t leave any trace behind.  It’s like they’ve been absorbed by the air.  They’re dainty little creatures that hardly exist at all: they come out of nowhere, search quietly for a few, limited things, and disappear into nothingness again, perhaps to some other world.

~ Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

The Monarchs are so beautiful that I can't come up with captions.
The Monarchs are so beautiful that I have trouble coming up with captions.

It must be Butterfly Day in the scrounger’s garden.  I went out there this morning to see who might be out and about.  I planned to stay a few minutes and then take a walk in the woods.  The woods will have to wait for another day.  Besides, there was a large Black Rat Snake (aka Eastern Rat Snake) blocking the path into the woods.  He was sunning himself.  I left him to it.

Enjoying the zinnias.
Enjoying the zinnias.

I do have pictures of the snake, but some of my visitors prefer not to see snakes, not even photographs of snakes, so I’ll leave it to your imagination.  He was a pretty good size (5-6 feet long), and his scales where shimmering in the sunlight.

Dancing lightly.
Dancing lightly.

I’m guessing you’d rather see the butterflies, anyhow.

Two Common Buckeyes and a wasp or bee. (You might have to click on this one to see the bee or wasp.)
Two Common Buckeyes and a wasp or bee. (You might have to click on this one to see the bee or wasp.  I think it’s a wasp, but it’s too small for me to be sure.)

I was fortunate enough to see four Monarchs in the garden and one hanging around on the branch of the pin oak tree near the vegetable garden.  You might not think that’s a lot, but I think it is twice as many as I saw last year.

As beautiful -- maybe more so -- as the flowers.
As beautiful — maybe more so — as the flowers.

There is something magical about butterflies.  Do I say that about most things in nature?  I suppose I do.  It’s almost all magic to me.

Splendor in the garden.
Splendor in the garden.

All the butterflies are beautiful, but there is something special about the Monarch.  Maybe it’s hope.  Hope that we haven’t completely destroyed the world in which live just yet.


Thank you for joining me in the garden for a little while.  I think I’ll go out to the Point for sunset this evening.  There are a few clouds in the sky that might make it interesting.  Sunset is at 6:35 PM.  Meet me there if you like.


Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

Reminder:  If you’re participating in Walktober, please post your pingback or link to your post here.  You have until midnight of October 25, although if you need more time, let me know.  I’ll gladly extend it.  (Click on the Walktober widget in the sidebar to the right if you are unfamiliar with the Walktober event.  It will take you to last year’s post about it.  One of these days I’ll get around to making a Walktober page.)  Also, it is my goal to post my walks nearly every day this month, but please don’t feel like you have to keep up with me.  I know how time consuming it can be to keep up with other bloggers, especially those who post daily.  I’m happy enough seeing you when you have the time.

The only Monarch visitor in the garden yesterday. I'm glad s/he has the company of other Monarchs today.
The only Monarch visitor in the garden yesterday. I’m glad s/he has the company of other Monarchs today.

Today’s joys:  Butterflies!; smiles and laughter; beauty and joy; mild temperatures; playing with Izzy the Cat early this morning (Bella the Cat just watched because she prefers to play at night).


Robin is... too many things to list, but here is a start: an artist and writer; a photographer and saunterer; a daughter and sister and granddaughter; a friend, a partner, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother; a gardener, a great and imaginative cook, and the creator of wonderful sandwiches.

19 thoughts on “Gifts in the garden

  1. I share your feelings about butterflies and those of Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 too – whom I now have to do a search for as I have not come across this name before. You introduce me to so many writers 🙂 I think snakes are amazing creatures and also very beautiful when you look at how their skin is made – but it is all theoretical as I have never met one in real life and would probably complete the three minute mile if I ever should 🙂 I wonder if we feel the way we do about them as they are so connected with our Judeo-Christian mythologies and are the bad guy in every case.

    I think I will give up on Walktober this year as I forget my camera every day – sometimes it is enough to remember the puppy 🙂 Maybe next year when life might be just a little bit more ‘normal’…………..


    1. What is normal, Pauline? 😉 I think I’ve forgotten. lol! I think you might enjoy Haruki Murakami. He writes about magic, in his way. The first book of his I read was Norwegian Wood as part of a small book club I was involved with a few years ago. I’ve been hooked on his books ever since.

      As for snakes, that could be part of it, but I think it’s also because snakes move in a way that no other land creature moves. My youngest son mentioned that, and it seems about right to me. Usually I don’t mind the snakes too much, but if I’m surprised by one — and that is frequently the case since they are good at blending into their surroundings — I make a strange almost-scream noise. Then I settle down and my curiosity arises so I stand and watch as long as I don’t feel I’m blocking or threatening the snake. Snakes usually won’t be bothered with you as long as you don’t corner them.

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  2. Your butterflies are beautiful, as butterflies always are.
    How about a Sitober. Actually, Shasta and I did walk up to the mailbox this morning and I have promised myself to do more of that. All that is left is to think of pictures.


    1. lol, Carol! Sitober is usually my November. October is too nice to stay seated for long. However, the rules of Walktober are so loose that a Sitober would work quite well if that’s what you would prefer to do. 🙂


  3. Utterly delightful post! I am SO glad you saw four monarchs. And from the pictures I see only females (males have little dots on the vein in the middle of the lower wings). A female can lay up to 700 eggs! Yes, it is hopeful, I agree. The common buckeyes are pretty special, too!

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    1. Thank you, Eliza. I never thought about sexing the Monarchs, and now I’ve learned something. 🙂 The garden is getting a little crowded with Monarchs so I’m feeling very hopeful.


  4. Love the butterflies. So glad to see you had monarchs! I kinda would like to see the snake too though…you can send me a photo in an email maybe? You remind me. I need to take the camera and go for a walk.


  5. Gosh, these butterfly photos are just gorgeous, Robin, they make my heart sing, or dance, or some such happy thing, so I’m guessing you felt the same in seeing them in person. 🙂

    I’m wondering, have you tried making friends with a butterfly, as Haruki Murakami suggests? It would take time and patience, and I’m sure if you could get into the zone, more wild creatures would be attracted to you. A wonderful thought.


    1. Thank you, Joanne. 🙂 I did feel that way. They are always such a delight to see. I do try making friends with the butterflies and other creatures in the garden. I am a flower some days, a tree on other days, and a plain old statue when I don’t feel flower- or tree-like. 😀

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