I had a wonderful surprise when a lone Monarch Butterfly showed up a week ago. I did not see any all summer. I had a Yellow Swallowtail and a Black Swallowtail but no Monarchs. He was attracted to my butterfly bush, but even more so to my orange Zinnias. They were about to dry up last week, but I decided to give them one more good drink of water. They bounced back and so did the Monarch. There are no words t0 describe adequately the beauty of the photos below, so here is my poem in pictures.
Butterflies are fascinating and fragile insects. They are one of the most beautiful creatures on earth. It always amazes me that they can live, propagate, and migrate far distances. Their wings are so thin you can almost see right through them, yet they have such an artistic design one cannot deny the handiwork of our creator. As I watch these amazing creatures I am in awe of everything about them.
Flitting from flower to flower
To the world around
On tissue thin wings
Masterpieces of design
Painted in vivid colors
Migrating on the wind
Chrysalises bursting open
For us to enjoy
Butterfly Photo: Dwight L. Roth
If a picture is worth a thousand words, I am going to speak a million beautiful words to you in my blog today. This is poetry in pictures, Butterflies of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. I hope you enjoy this spectacular visual treat! We found these last week while traveling the parkway to Linville and Grandfather Mountain. Photos: Dwight L. Roth
At the Linville Caverns there was a butterfly bush covered with more black and blue butterflies than I have ever seen. How many can you see in this small segment.