Thursday, April 21, 2011


"Not quite birds, as they were not quite flowers, mysterious and fascinating as are all indeterminate creatures."~Elizabeth Goudge~
"Overwhelmingly, cultural myth and lore honor the butterfly as a symbol of transformation because of its impressive process of metamorphosis. From egg, to larvae (caterpillar), to pupa (the chrysalis or cocoon) and from the cocoon the butterfly emerges in her unfurling glory. What a massive amount of transition this tiny creature undergoes. Consider for a moment the kind of energy this expends. Herein lies the deepest symbolic lesson of the butterfly. She asks us to accept the changes in our lives as casually as she does. The butterfly unquestioningly embraces the chances of her environment and her body.
This unwavering acceptance of her metamorphosis is also symbolic of faith. Here the butterfly beckons us to keep our faith as we undergo transitions in our lives. She understands that our toiling, fretting and anger are useless against the turning tides of nature she asks us to recognize the same."~google search~
Such beautiful little creatures, so much fun to watch, trying to capture their engaging world. Loved the symbolism I found on the internet above and thought you might also!

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BJ Roan said...

Beautifully captured! The technique makes it even more interesting.

hootnonny said...

Beautiful image Rosemary. The butterfly can definitely teach us a lesson!

Louisiana Belle said...

Rose, the other day I was looking for something deep and meaningful for a butterfly photo I posted to Flickr, but couldn't find anything I was happy with. I love this description! Thank you for finding it! The butterfly's transformation has always fascinated me.

Linda Makiej said...

This is very, very STUNNING work!!!!!

lisa said...

beautiful photograph and words Rosemary.
I wish you a beautiful weekend.

Cynthia said...

I love this picture and the information you found in your search. I had the privilege of watching two Monarch butterflies emerge from their chrysalises this past Monday. It was beautiful to behold. They emerge as a crushed up little wad and slowly their wings start to unfurl to magnificence. It was an awesome sight and I felt blessed to have witnessed it.

charlottes web said...

HOw do you come up with such wonderful quotes for your photos? Both are beautiful!
Happy Easter!

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