The afternoon sun hides it’s face behind a thickening layer of clouds and falls across the landscape as a soft glow. Small minnows gather in the shallow eddie as my creek trickles it’s way to the Gauley River. Off to my right a Grizzly Locust rattles his call on the edge of the yard. I perch myself on the edge of my bridge and look upstream wondering what I might catch in the lens. The clouds soften the light but they also hold in the heat and raise the humidity causing the air to transmit the smell of the water mint better. The inflorescence of the mint brings all the pollenators near the water. Tiny skippers of several types. Earlier a pale green cloudless sulfur butterfly performed it’s aerial dance as it passed by my window. I had hoped to catch up with it but as of yet it remains elusive. The breeze shifts gently and the smell of the mint is stronger. The movement just beneath the Sycamore seedling pulls my attention towards lower left and I am treated with the beautiful blue of the Spicebush Swallowtail in a rare moment of stillness. The peaceful serenity of the trickling water and pleasing aroma of mint combines with butterfly’s visual and and blends into a sustained moment of peace.
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2 thoughts on “Tranquility On Little Elk Creek”
Lovely peaceful moment ❤ Yay butterflies! What a beauty, nature's work of art 🙂
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Thank you Frances ❤ My yard is full of them and I haven't even tried to bring them in yet.
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