An Angel Story

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“When a butterfly lands on you it’s really an angel come to grant a wish”

-Spoken to me by an elderly man in South Carolina

The sweet aroma of hibiscus filled the late summer air as the angel approached the country home. The modest house was surrounded flower beds and little raised bed gardens here and there. A stone pathway led through a row of fruit trees and to a small pond on the edge of the forest. The angle felt drawn towards the path. Her steps were so light that she barely disturbed the lawn as she made her way onto the path. Being invisible to humans ment that to all but the most observant she appeared to be a stray breeze shaking the grass. As an immortal she was tall. So tall that she had to duck her head beneath the fruit trees. As she neared the pond her heart felt the sorrow of the child before her ears heard the soft sobbing. The small girl was knelt down in the tall grass holding an empty collar. The collar was purple with little bones printed on it and a small bell hung next the tag. The angle knew that this was why she was sent to this place. Then her ears heard the plea. “I wish Cuddles would come home.” The angel smiled as she took the only form that she was visible in. A beautiful butterfly flew in out from where the angle once stood. In her butterfly form the angel flew a few circles around the little girl and landed on her hand as it held the empty collar. The angel fluttered her wings and spoke peace to her heart. Then the breeze picked up a little and the butterfly opened her wings to catch the sky. Higher and higher she flew in widening circles. The little girl watched the butterfly climb until it was a dot way above the trees. She flew over the creek but saw that there were no puppies slashing in the water. She circled the fields but there were no puppies digging holes. The butterfly searched and prayed for guidance. When she opened her eyes she saw a sunbeam shinning down into the forest. Her heart raced as she glided down with her eyes fixed on the spot where the sunbeam landed. There was Cuddles curled up in a little ball asleep in the sunbeam. But now how would she get him back to the little girl? An inspiration hit her and she landed lightly right on the end of Cuddles’ nose and fluttered her butterfly wings which tickled the dog and brought him to full attention. Still in her butterfly form the angel began to flip and circle around enticing Cuddles to play chase. His little tail wagged as he furiously tried to catch the butterfly that teased him.

Meanwhile the little girl stayed near the pond where she had found the empty collar. Her eyes continued to search for the hint of a tail popping up through the tall grass. Suddenly the butterfly glided over her shoulder and disappeared into the cup of a hibiscus flower.

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Behind her the little girl her heard the familiar yap of Cuddles and spun on her heels as he leapt into her arms and showered her face with kisses. She fixed the purple collar around his neck and scooped him up to carry him home. She hugged him so tight that he grunted a little. As the walked back up the path from the pond to the house Cuddles peeked over his little girl’s shoulder just in time to see the butterfly become an angel once more. Occasionally the little girl would catch Cuddles standing in a room by himself or barking at nothing in the yard. She would look to see what wad going on only to spot a butterfly nearby.

Story inspired by Frances Elaine’s comments on my blog. May your niece’s life be full of angels.

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Tranquility On Little Elk Creek

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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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A Moment Bathed In The Light

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The hot afternoon sun floods over my mountain stirring the scent of the nectar into the humid air. My Hibiscus grove is alive with colorful wings that dance and flicker among blooms. The mother tree was one that only gave blue flowers but her offspring are blue, white and pink. The flowers seem to fill with light just as one might fill a glass with water. The female Spicebush Swallowtail has had a busy day visiting and pollinating the blooms. She’ll fly many more miles before she folds her wings and turns her tasks over to the nightshift. Gently she sails in as if riding the sunbeam itself. She takes the ambrosia of the sun warmed nectar as she explores the flower. Her life is short but sweet. Her entire existence may only be a little over a month. Who could blame her for enjoying every second of the light that bathes her or every sweet drop that she can sip?

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Where All May Gather

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The moist earth is warmed by the sun and fermenting grass leeches more sugars into the salty mud. This is heavenly for the male butterflies who need the mix to satiate their ladies. I have seen crescent butterflies, skippers and almost every type of Swallowtail in my region all gathering at this little ten inch mud puddle in my yard. I never even occurred to me that breeding male butterflies are actually quite territorial and even violent when it comes to maintaining their grounds. And yet here they all are concentrated in this little spot without so much as a wing bump to discourage the others. The concept of the commons is as ancient as society itself. A no man’s land where everyone has the same right to gather the necessary resources for living. And even then each retains his own territory with right of safe passage to the commons. Perhaps one day we’ll learn to see God’s patterns in problem solving and mimic his hand in our own designs.

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The Spicebush Swallowtail Finally Makes It’s Appearance

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I pulled into the parking lot of the little park at Kanawha Falls in my way home. I have been looking for the Spicebush Swallowtail all summer and I was beginning to think that I would strike out this season. I worried that I had jinxed myself by making a commitment back in the Spring. I knew that I would find something interesting to shoot in this spot and was actually trying to get some more ducks for my Things Are Just Ducky series so that I could expand the tales of George the mallard and his friends. But the ducks were all on the other side of the river.

Then I noticed the bright red spires of the Cardinal flower. These are also called Indian Paintbrush locally and they’re members of the Bellflower family and are sold as ornamental plants. I have a few pictures of them but they’re interesting to look at so I thought that a few more would be a good idea. As I stepped into the shade of the oaks I could see a dark spot fluttering around the bushes. Okay I thought. Another butterfly of any kind will add interest to the image. Raising the lens and zooming in as tightly as I could yielded a picture but the flash wasn’t really strong enough to reach out and freeze the wings.

Image Title: “Life In Motion”. Butterflies “groom” the flowers that they feed on. The fluttering of the forewings causes the flowers to sweeten their nectar.

The combination of the low light and extreme zoom didn’t quite hit the mark but it produced an interesting picture. The butterfly would only be there for a moment so tried to close the gap as quickly as possible. Unfortunately I started it and it disappeared into the forest. I tucked the camera back into its bag. Once I got the card into my laptop and pulled up the image I saw that pattern that I’ve been obsessed with all summer. The hind wings have a blue moon shape and a single row of cream colored dots along the margin. But this was a dorsal view and the main identifying mark was on the other side of the wing. I would be going back to that spot.

Over the next few days I stopped by looking for the Spicebush Swallowtail. I was certain that it was a female by the blue marks on it’s hind wings. The male has more of a greenish color leading the name of “Green Clouded Butterfly”.

Image Title: “Female Spicebush Swallowtail Feeding On Cardinal Flower”. The image gives us a clear view of the light blue marks on it’s hind wings.

The feature image came from the second encounter. This time she didn’t really seem to be bothered by presence. She even let me get a good shot of the blue chevron on the underside of the hind wings that is the identifying mark of the Spicebush Swallowtail.

Image Title: “Butterfly Peek-A-boo”. The third orange dot from the right is replaced by a blue chevron. Only the Spicebush Swallowtail has this mark.

The butterfly gets it’s name from hosting mainly on the Spicebush tree. I’ll be talking about the tree itself in an upcoming Forage Friday post but in short it’s another source for lemon flavored tea. Like the other Swallowtail Butterflies the Spicebush Swallowtail catipiller mimics the head of a snake. It even has a special organ that is forked and it can flick out to look like a snake’s tongue. I have not encountered a Spicebush Catipiller yet but as soon as I do I’ll be posting pictures and writing about the lifecycle of the butterfly larvae.

The main lesson I gained from my summer searching for a supposedly common butterfly that managed to elude me for months was that persistence pays off. The person who said that nothing is easy sure got it right but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

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