Sweat rolls down my face as I slowly cruise the edge of the forest in the humid summer air. Somewhere in the thick undergrowth I can hear the constant rhythmic chirp of a pair of Cardnials working their hunting grounds. As I near the spot I can hear them retreat to the cover of the brambles at the bottom of the mountain. I knelt down into the cover believing that if could set still long enough they might return. Instead a small flower sprung to life and skillfully navigated the entanglements of the thick vegetation.
The diminutive size and pale blue color told me that was the Eastern Tailed Blue. I presume that she has been laying her eggs in either the Redbud or the wild beans that grow here. Her brood will feed on the developing seeds of these legumes. As I watched her pose as a blossom on the Jewelweed I couldn’t help but imagine that this was some wild fairy in disguise. The The pale blue interacting with the light gave an ethereal luminescence against the lush green background. An older gentlemen once told me that when a butterfly lands on you that it’s really an angel come to grant a wish. My only wish today is to hold on to the magic of special moments that connect me to the wilderness if my Appalachian Mountains.
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