"People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy."
I went back to the Conservatory of Flowers, in Golden Gate Park, yesterday to see the new butterfly additions for the special exhibit. There weren't as many butterflies on this visit as there were the last time I was there a few weeks ago. So, while they weren't many in numbers there was about 5 new varieties. I noticed something that made me a little sad this time around. There were about 20 or so butterflies of different varieties, that had a good amount of damage to their wings, and I saw about 10 butterflies throughout the exhibit that had passed away. One beautiful little brown butterfly was lying on it's side on top of a large green plant. She looked so tiny. :(
I have to wonder if they are being damaged by all the visitors to the exhibit or if they are emerging from their cocoons already injured. I am hoping that most folks would behave themselves when visiting something as amazingly beautiful as a butterfly exhibit, but one never knows. I observed more then one person batting them away as the little butterflies would try to land on their shoulder or clothing. Why would someone come to this type of exhibit if they were afraid of a butterfly? It makes me sad to think that someone would give up the experience of having a soft, gentle being, such as a gossamer, land on their hand, because they haven't taken the time to learn about how delightful, and beautiful these creatures really are.
The butterfly in the above photo is a Polydamas Swallowtail, and while she was really damaged on one side, and she had to work really hard at flying about from flower to flower, the fact that it was difficult didn't stop her. I admire that. :) I must have spent 20 minutes or so, just watching her live her life. She didn't seem to mind my presence. Maybe she knew how much I admired her...maybe she simply paid no attention to me at all, either way she made my day a little brighter just by living her life so carefree, because it hadn't occurred to her to feel sorry for herself. :)
A Summer Place By Percy Faith
There's a summer place Where it may rain or storm Yet I'm safe and warm For within, that summer place Your arms reach out to me And my heart is free from all care For it knows
There are no gloomy skies When seen through the eyes Of those who are blessed with love
And the sweet secret of A summer place Is that it's anywhere When two people share All their hopes All their dreams All their love
There's a summer place Where it may rain or storm Yet I'm safe and warm In your arms, in your arms In your arms, in your arms In your arms, in your arms
-OndineMonet "Polydamas Swallowtail" Conservatory of Flowers Golden Gate Park San Francisco, California July 5, 2006 Afternoon