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