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“Monarch Butterfly on Queen Anne’s Lace”

“Monarch Butterfly on Queen Anne’s Lace”

“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.” 
― Amy Bloom 

I’ve been saving a quote for some time, waiting for the right image. Well, the image presented itself a few days ago. As I’ve said in a few posts, butterflies seem to be scarce this year, Monarchs even more so. I think this whole season I’ve only seen a handful.

This one was simply too wonderful to resist, despite it’s damaged wings? What, what, damaged? Have a closer look. What at first appeared to be a ‘perfect’ specimen, on further inspection shows some late summer wear and tear, though not extensive, the damage is irreparable. Does this make the butterfly any less beautiful? Not to me, as I watched it perched so wonderfully, posing, as if just for my benefit.

It was beautiful in its imperfection, and I’m glad for that. The damage makes me wonder how it came about. With all our rain and wind over the past few weeks, I’m surprised to see butterflies at all, let alone mostly intact. I can’t imagine how they survive. Yet, this one did, offering me a nice long view.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/200 sec, f/7.0 ISO 100

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“The Cauldron” – Duffins Creek

“The Chauldron” - Duffins Creek

“Let us simmer over our incalculable cauldron, our enthralling confusion, our hotchpotch of impulses, our perpetual miracle – for the soul throws up wonders every second. Movement and change are the essence of our being; rigidity is death; conformity is death; let us say what comes into our heads, repeat ourselves, contradict ourselves, fling out the wildest nonsense, and follow the most fantastic fancies without caring what the world does or thinks or says. For nothing matters except life.” – Virginia Woolf

The title came to me instantly, as I watched this natural cauldron with fascination, as the water boiled and seethed, like a living being, clawing upwards, through a fissure in the surrounding ice, it’s only escape from the pressure below.
You see, the rapid thaw generally ran across the ice of Duffins Creek, this February afternoon, but in some places, the water was forced beneath heavy sheets of ice, with nowhere to go. The pressure built and built till a small imperfection the ice offered an escape. This hole became that escape. It was the only opening in the ice for several hundred yards and the water seemed to literally boil forth. The hole must have been there for a while, as a frozen ‘lip’ or ‘fringe’ formed around the edges, catching the sunlight and glowing from within, making the scene that much more captivating. The surrounding ice looks like it’s loosing structure and I’m sure the phenomenon did not last long, but I did not have the opportunity to return later in the day.
This is yet another of those temporary moments where nature reveals a small part of her wonder in the most ordinary places. Nature throws up her wonders by the second and I’m happy to partake as often as I can.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 135mm
1/8 sec, f/32, ISO 250

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