Poetry in 50 Shades of Orange

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.

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Fragile Beauty

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.

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Tiny creatures

Flitting from flower to flower

Seemingly oblivious

To the world around

Carried about

On tissue thin wings

Masterpieces of design

Painted in vivid colors

Beyond art

Migrating on the wind

Programmed GPS

Chrysalises bursting open

Reincarnated

Ephemeral beauty

For us to enjoy

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Butterfly Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Butterflies of the Blue Ridge

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

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eer_0522 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.

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