monarch on cimicifuga

"Only those who look with the eyes of children can lose themselves in the object of their wonder.”    -Eberhard Arnold 

monarch on centaurea montana 
"The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures.  It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.  It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death, in ebb and in flow. I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life.  And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.          ~ Rabindranath Tagore

monarch on centaurea montana 

"The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures.  It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.  It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death, in ebb and in flow. I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life.  And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.          ~ Rabindranath Tagore

American Lady butterfly on coneflower
"Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain, surround us on every hand: life itself is the miracle of miracles."  -George Bernard Shaw 

American Lady butterfly on coneflower

"Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain, surround us on every hand: life itself is the miracle of miracles."  -George Bernard Shaw 

With no-mind, blossoms invite the butterfly. With no-mind, the butterfly visits the blossoms. When the flower blooms, the butterfly comes. —  Ryōkan
monarch butterfly on swamp milkweed
"With no-mind, blossoms invite the butterfly.  With no-mind, the butterfly visits the blossoms.  When the flower blooms, the butterfly comes. -  Ryōkan

monarch butterfly on swamp milkweed

"With no-mind, blossoms invite the butterfly.  With no-mind, the butterfly visits the blossoms.  When the flower blooms, the butterfly comes. -  Ryōkan

hickory hairstreak butterfly (wingspan 1 inch)…these little beauties are prolific this year!

    “Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it”.     - Rumi

aphrodite fritillary on milkweed
"Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language."    -Henry James

aphrodite fritillary on milkweed

"Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language."    -Henry James

These little guys are prolific this year! I think it is a Banded Hairstreak.

First ever Tumblr post with my iPhone. My computer is in the ‘shop’…

These little guys are prolific this year! I think it is a Banded Hairstreak.

First ever Tumblr post with my iPhone. My computer is in the ‘shop’…

american lady butterfly and bumble bee on coneflower
"Every kid has a bug period… I never grew out of mine."    -E. O. Wilson

american lady butterfly and bumble bee on coneflower

"Every kid has a bug period… I never grew out of mine."    -E. O. Wilson

It’s only when caterpillarness is done that one becomes a butterfly. That again is part of this paradox. You cannot rip away caterpillarness. The whole trip occurs in an unfolding process of which we have no control. — Ram Dass, Be Here Now