A Bright Spot In My Day

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She floats in on the warm breeze as I stand on the edge of my forest just enjoying a few minutes of peace and quiet. Like a living stained glass window her beautiful wings are the color of a summer sunset. The light breeze gently shakes the the purple flowers spreading the sweet scent into the air. The monarch butterfly patiently explores each of the little floretas she searches for a sweet meal. The sun seems to smile with joy at the fluttering wings as she stirs up the sweet smell while is feeding. She’s only there for a moment before the breeze carries her on to her next stop. But a moment is all it takes to make a day better.

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Beauty Lingers

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Gently resting in the soft purple flowers the monarch butterfly slowly opens its wings and folds them up again. The steady rhythm is mesmerizing. As I continued to watch I found myself berating in time with the wings. With each pump of wings the day’s stress and negativity just drain away. Science tells us that the reason why a butterfly does this while feeding is because it’s wing muscles are connected to it’s feeding muscles. The reason why we find this so calming is because we’re just as much a part of creation as it is. When we are out in the natural world we instinctively sync up with natural rhythems. Not in some oogie-boogie way but in the same way that water knows it’s course to the sea. If you’re in tune with yourself you’ll notice that when there’s a soft breeze that your heart rate drops a little. When the sun shines we smile more. When wildlife approaches we become still. We might have to be taught how to react but we know that something special is happening.

The Monarch lingers on the bloom long enough for my spirit to completely settle and leave the artificial world of computers behind.

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A Light In The Darkness

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The Monarch Butterfly glides silently to where the sweet scent of the Ironweed eliminates from the shadows. Delicately, she explores the purple flowers for a sip of nectar. Together they are a bright spot in a darkened world. She playfully skips from plant to plant spreading her beautiful wings for only a moment. A moment was all that was needed to be a light in the darkness.

In the world today we have so much darkness that surrounds us. It is easy to allow it to swallow you up. But the light is there if you look for it. Sometimes we ask why the world has so much darkness in it. I think that the answer is so that the light can be better defined.

Believe it or not, you are that light in someone else’s word. It only takes a moment to share a smile and light their lives. Never forget that what you do matters in this world.

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Encounter With A Living Sunset

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The late summer brings golden rays to the Appalachian Mountains. With the passing of the dog days of summer the cooler days invite us to spend less time inside and more time enjoying God’s creation. The bright pinkish purple of the Ironweed sprinkled in with green forest signals that the seasonal changes are right around the corner. I paused a moment to enjoy some fresh air as I approached the big blue truck. It was the movement that first caught my eye as yet another monarch butterfly crossed my path. The lack of dark spots on the hind wings tells me that this one is a female. She flits and floats about from plant to plant sampling each bloom. Her colors are so rich and bright that it brings to mind the image of a sunset that has come to life. She isn’t bashful and seems to be quite at ease in the lens as she climbs around on the purple blooms trying out different poses for the benevolent giant who stands holding a camera just inches away from the delicate wings. Each pose seemed to be better than the last one and I lost track of the time as I continued to snap photo after photo. When she had had enough she made one last flip into the air and simply sailed away in a single moment. Knowing that she was on her to places where I couldn’t follow I resumed my path to the big blue truck and headed for home with a living sunset in my lens.

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Are The Monarchs Returning?

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I can’t really think of any better example of contentment than a monarch butterfly on milkweed. The butterfly pollinates the plant and the plant will host the catipiller. Their fates are forever entwined.

The field where I took the picture was once reserved for hay production. Milkweed is poisonous to cattle and therefore we took steps to keep it out of pastures. It was also rare to see a monarch butterfly in those days. Now the back part of this field is full of milkweed and monarch butterflies. I have seen more of the monarchs this summer than I have in thirty years.

A lot of blogs will point out that monarch butterflies pollinate more than just weeds and serve in an important environmental roll. All of this is true. But value in the world is more than just functionality. Value is beauty and wonder which is something that the monarch butterflies provide in abundance.

While I’m sure that there’s still plenty of work to do a quick Google search and found that the Monarch butterfly population has increased 144% in the Eastern United States. It would appear that the world is growing more and more beautiful every day.

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Milkweed

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I come to the conclusion that weeds are just a figment of the imagination. There’s only two types of plants.

1. Those that we know how to use.

2. And those that we don’t know what to do with.

Milkweed actually touches both ends of the scale. It’sgenerally considered a weed because it’s toxic to people, pets and livestock. And while it’s no longer used for its industrial purposes it was considered to be a cash crop at one time. Prior to the development of modern life jackets a sailor’s life may have depended on this underappreciated plant. That was because the seed pods were once used to make tge fillings of life jackets.

Today we recognize the Milkweed as an important host for the Monarch Butterfly. The catipiller feeds exclusively on Milkweed. Special organs in the Monarch Butterfly store the toxins making the Monarch poison to predators. Without the Milkweed there would be no Monarch Butterflies.

Adult Monarch Butterflies feed on a variety of nectar but the catipiller eats only Milkweed.

Those beautiful butterflies that we find visiting a variety of flowers would starve to death without the Milkweed.

I remember when I was a kid how much fun it was to sew Milkweed. The seeds are similar to dandelion in that they’re spread by the wind. My brother and I would break open the pods once they were dry and pretend that they paratroopers landing on D-day. Sure enough that the next Spring new plants would pop up wherever we played. Fortnite might be fancier than the old games but you don’t get Monarchs at the end of Fortnite.

This Fall when you see those dry pods breaking open go ahead and scatter the fluffy seeds inside. Sooner or later you’ll have Monarchs as well as a few others.

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Visiting A Monarch In The Fading Sun

Softly the brightly colored wings float in on the warm breeze. The sweet smell of water mints mingles with the Virginia Bonset and Goldenrod. The sun is low in the marbled sky and I let my big blue truck drift to a halt. The Monarch Butterfly has been playing on edge of the parking lot all day. Gently it flutters from flower to flower sipping the nectar. I roll the window down and raise my camera into the ready position. The Monarch teases me as it feeds by fluttering it’s wings quickly. Further up into the bush a mockingbird gives it’s long song. The shutter snaps at just the right moment as the Monarch pauses. A peaceful feeling washes over me as I preserve the mountain beauty in my lens. Soon the sweet scent of all the bloom will fade and the warm breeze will be chilled by the changing seasons. But, I will have this moment to warm my heart and this beauty to sooth my eyes against the coming grey. With my task complete I start the motor and turn my big blue truck towards home.