For Cee’s Flower of the Day, my Butterfly Bush has a visitor. This thing has nine lives. I keep snipping off the dead flower and new ones pop up. I guess this deadheading really works.This is the first time I’ve seen this color butterfly in my garden. I took a zillion pics to get to this one. So beautiful!! To see other entries go here.
The pear tree in the front yard is pretty close to the second floor porch. So we get to witness a bit of nature up close. The pace at which nubby buds change to to delicate blossoms is so interesting to watch. So we are blessed with having blooms, and pears within arms length.
An even more fun bonus of this proximity is being able to keep company with the visiting birds, bees and butterflies. So amidst this upheaval nature marches on, creating this space of respite.
in search of renewal
I bury my head
in the captivating blooms
of the pear tree –
a lone sparrow joins me
The things we do on our own as kids, is at times amazing. And sometimes, if we’re lucky, it stays with us.
I don’t even remember how old I was. But I remember the lesson in school had been about caterpillars turning to butterflies. There had always been caterpillars on the bush behind our house. So, I set out to observe this up close. I caught a caterpillar off a leaf. I started by putting it in a cardboard box. But I couldn’t see anything because he kept hiding under the leaves I’d put in with him. Then, I moved it to a jar with holes in the lid that I’d put in with a nail. Afterall, a caterpillar had to breathe.
I was the first one up at twilight to see what was going on in that jar. I watched it change from a caterpillar, to a chrysalis, to a butterfly.
Then It was time to set it free. Watching that butterfly fly away made me feel like a proud parent. The odd thing was, I felt no sadness seeing it go. Just a sense of wonder every time. What it must feel like to have wings to fly…
the crane has come home cherry blossom in full bloom
second chance at love
sunflower stands tall blue sky on memorable
summer day, no clouds
butterfly on bush
alone, gorging on nectar
wings color of beer
For Carpe Diem Haiku: Full Circle
The challenge “Full Circle” means:
“… the goal is to write haiku with the twelve (12) words I will give. It’s a kind of word-whirl and you have to use the words given in the clock-wise direction. So every word has to come in the line of it’s place on the clock e.g. rainbow you have to use for line one (1) and autumn for line two (2) and so on. The words are