…And A Little Flower

You may recall that I’ve mentioned before my mother’s love of butterflies. In the 20+ years since her death, I’ve rarely seen one that I haven’t thought of her.

Last week, I glanced out of our dining room window late one afternoon and noticed a Swallowtail amongst my flowers. Within seconds, my camera and I were headed outside.

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I was honored that our local paper thought this photo worthy of publication yesterday.

I don’t recall the name of the perennial, but I’ll try to remember/research that before this post publishes. (Update: no luck.  Perhaps my readers can help identify?)

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The butterfly was flitting all around this old metal stake, and I hoped it would land nearer, but it didn’t oblige.

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But it definitely put on a show for me.

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And I could almost feel Mom’s smile.

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Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.
Hans Christian Andersen

~These Days Of  Mine~

13 responses to “…And A Little Flower

  1. How Beautiful! And the local paper was smart to recognize the beauty and talent in the photo. CONGRATS!!!

  2. Great shot Duanna and no wonder it was chosen for your local paper!

  3. Wow! She’s a beauty…great photographs, Dianna!

  4. Just lovely! Congrats on the publication!! We have a butterfly bush planted on one side of our backyard deck and I love watching these elegant creatures as they float from one bloom to another.

  5. Very pretty! Lovely colors!

  6. Congratulations on getting published. You truly earned it. You captured the magic and angelic nature of this beautiful being perfectly. 🙂

  7. They could see the talent!
    This is an excellent post..
    I’ll think of her too, sometimes, when I see a butterfly- especially if it hangs around for a minute.. these are great pics: field-guide quality !

  8. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    So very beautiful. What beauty God shows us if we will only take the time to look. Congrats for being published!!! They know good work when they see it.

  9. Wonderful photos and heartfelt words. Thank you!

  10. What a lovely find for the day.

  11. This was such an ethereal post, with dreams of days gone by. Your love of your sweet mother is apparent in every line, just lovely. All I can think of on the flowers is Candy Tuft and I probably made that up! Great pictures of the great model, the swallowtail! !

  12. Beautiful butterfly and lovely flowers………….we’ve seen more butterflies this year than ever before for some reason!


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