Graceful, varied and enchanting

A butterfly brightens the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, October 2003

A butterfly brightens the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, October 2003

“Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine.”
Jeffrey Glassberg

Flowers are not only attractive and fragrant; they also draw butterflies to add even more beauty to our lives.  When I was a child I was tempted to catch them, but soon learned from experience that this was not a good thing to do.  Now I try to catch them with my camera lens, a trick that is sometimes quite a challenge, but leaves the butterflies unharmed.

Something about the fluttery movement of butterfly wings fits perfectly with the appeal of a garden in bloom.  It’s as if the sight of their nearly weightless agility lightens our moods, lifting our spirits with a sense of freedom and fun.  Next time you see a butterfly dancing about, take a minute or two to enjoy its air show.  I wish you sunshine today!


  1. that is a beautiful image! wow, it pops!

    • Thanks Lisa, I probably had my camera set to enhance the colors – I love bright colors! Such as those on your blog :-).

  2. I wish you sunshine today too my friend. Butterflies are always smacking into the window in my office. I know the glass is reflective so I guess they don’t realize it is themselves in the mirror. It always makes my day a little gloomy when they do that. Poor things. I shall try to think of this photo and that happy butterfly.

    • Oh no! I wonder if you could put some clings or something on there that would stop them from trying to fly in? Or maybe a nice potted plant outside to draw them away? Hopefully the just get dazed and go someplace else after they recover. At least we can tell ourselves that :-).

  3. Sheila

    Julia, this is absolutely gorgeous. You certainly captured the beauty in the photo, along with your words. Hope you’re on the mend! Love, Sheila

    • Thanks Sheila, much better today!

  4. Carolyn

    I’m sorry that you are not feeling to good, hope what ever you are dealing with will soon pass. You have got to feel better, you have Grady coming soon. Love that name, that was my grandfathers name. I’m off today for CT scan on my eyes. You take care and glad that Jeff is feeling better. Hugs and love to you all.

    • Carolyn, how cool that was your grandfather’s name! I’ll have to tell Drew and Megan. I am feeling MUCH better today. Hope you get some cool weather soon. Thanks for being here and for keeping in touch!

  5. Nancy

    Awesome picture, Julia! Reminds of the Butterfly Garden at Disneyworld.

    • Thanks Nancy! I don’t remember seeing that part, we must have missed it. Which park was it in?

      • Nancy

        Epcot…2009 when I took the boys. It may have just been something special for that particular year.

        • Maybe, but Epcot has so much neat stuff that it would be easy to miss something. I just love all the Disney World parks, but Epcot is my favorite I think, except for the old California Adventure park in Anaheim (before they re-designed it).

  6. I love butterflies. When I see them I feel it’s my Great Gramma saying hello. I miss her. 🙂

    • Wow, isn’t it wonderful to have memories of a great grandmother? I can barely remember one of mine, and never knew the others at all. I do feel that way about my grandmothers, though. Shortly after my Granny died in 1980, I had a dream where she called me on the phone…she said “hello” and I knew it was her voice, but she couldn’t talk to me anymore and somehow I understood that, but I could talk to her (in the dream, anyway). I believe that our loved ones give us many memories of them that do continue to “visit” us in various ways long after they leave this earth.


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