Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Afternoon Delights

Hummingbirds
and butterflies.
I stop and watch and listen.
They grace our world with beauty.
I am grateful they are here.

24 comments:

Lynne said...

We need reminders of beauty today.

Sandy said...

They certainly are afternoon delights! Wow, do you have a lot of butterflys in your garden. Do you do anything to draw them there?

Mary said...

I want to keep hummingbirds year-round. And the butterflies, too. They lift me up!

mon@rch said...

Looks like a perfect afternoon to me!

Laurie said...

Simply beautiful. Thank you.

red tin heart said...

These are so wonderful. I really love the top one, fantastic. xoxo nita

Sprite said...

*****

To delight in such beauty, you honor us by honoring the winged ones.

I listen to your beautiful heart and soul and the way you give of your self by your sharing.

You grace us daily with the beauty that surrounds you.

I love your beauty way.

Lovingly,
*sprite

guild_rez said...

Hi Q..
how wonderful your pictures are:
Hummingbird and Butterflies make this day not less painful..
but shows how beautiful our world can be.
Thank you ..

Naturegirl said...

Nature comforts much sadness.I like to turn to nature when my shoulders are heavy with emotion...we humans could learn much from watching nature
live in peace. Thank you for these images on a day we all remember!
peace NG

Deb said...

Beautiful!
Perfect gentle pictures as we pause to remember.

Q said...

Dear Lynne,
Perhaps as we look at the beauty, all around us, we can find that still small voice inside that tells us to love.
It is strange how out of the ashes the Phoenix does fly.
(I am reading Harry Potter and I do have a tendency to get magical and mystical...)
Glad you enjoyed these photos.
Nameste,
Sherry

Q said...

Dear Sandy,
I do have butterflies!! I love them...
I am an organic gardener so they like my flowers! I also have been learning about the different host plants and nectar plants the different species, that could come into my yard, like. I have been planting for the butterflies for many years. After last spring, when I lost so many plants, I decided to create a full butterfly habitat in my yard. I put out rottening fruit for some and continue to plant. I just planted ten Spicebushes for the Spicebush Swallowtails. I also planted a Paw-paw tree for the Zebra Swallowtails. I would like to plant more of those as one will never be enough. I learned the Giant Swallowtail likes the Prickly Ash tree. I am looking for three of them to put in the yard. My husband told me he will build me a wood pile so some of the butterflies that need that for over wintering will have a spot.
I hope to continue learning and providing as the habitats for the butterflies are slowly eroding away as new houses and shopping malls go in.
Sherry friend of the butterflies

Q said...

Dear Mary,
Me too! I asked my husband if he thought it would be okay to invite a female black Tiger Swallowtail in for the winter. He thought it would be fine. So I have this idea that I can grow some plants she would like inside this year. I will see if it works out. Butterflies in the house sound so happy....
Hummers in the house could be messy. I guess if the males came too and we had humming bird dipers...maybe it is best to let them migrate and love them from afar...or travel to see them in January! I like that idea!
Sherry

Q said...

Dear Mon@rch,
The New Monarch Moon is my tribute to the Monarchs. Each September I honor them.
I do love the cool mornings and warm afternoons of Autummn. I hope this weather stays around for at least three months.
Sherry

Q said...

Dear Laurie,
Thank you. We can find joy even in our sorrows.
Sherry

Q said...

Dear Nita,
The female Hummingbird can feed and build up her strength before heading south now. She was successful raising her young and now she can relax a wee bit.
I am very fond of this bird. Whenever I see her I just smile.
I enjoy watching her in the different flowers too.
Sherry

PAT said...

I've just read through your posts, Sherry.

Your doing wonderfully well with your new camera body! That comes as no surprise to me!

Beautiful as always!

Pat

Q said...

Dear Sprite,
While I am organizing and putting the momentos from my trip away my daily walk in beauty is in my own back yard. September is somewhat busy as I have plants to get ready for wintering over.
There is an inner walk as well. These photos are about that inner walk. My posts for 9/11 were about the inner and outter way in which we know the world. The New Moon shines down for every one - we are equal; sadness has come to mankind through out the ages- we have compassion; beauty calms the spirit and the soul- we see that from beauty comes a gentle spirit.
We have everything we need to say, "Yes" to life.
We chop wood and carry water. We do it together.
Thank you,
Sherry

Q said...

Dear Gisela,
You are so right, beauty does not take away pain. Beauty simply allows us a chance to see the bigger picture.
It would be arrogant of me to think my country is the only country in pain. When one voice cries we all cry. We truely are connected.
For some each day is a reminder of the violence humankind has experienced. Our history is not the history of a peaceful species but one of a violent species. May we change. May grace fill us with care and compassion.
Sherry

Q said...

Dear Naturegirl,
I also turn to Nature to ease my burden. While in the temperate rain forest I saw how important each tiny organism is to the health of the forest. Each person is necessary for the health of our world. We must honor each other, we must come with respect. There is room in the forest for all creatures great and small, there is room at the table for everyone.
Peace and butterflies for you,
Nameste,
Sherry

Q said...

Dear Deb,
Thank you. With a gentle spirit, causing no harm, is my mandate.
So happpy you enjoyed these photos. I enjoyed taking them and sharing them.
Peace,
Sherry

Q said...

Dear Pat,
Thank you. I am getting comfortable with new camera. I did a nice series this afternoon, maybe I will have a chance to post yet today. Sending happy wedding thoughts to you!
Nameste,
Sherry

~Becky said...

Your butterfly photos bring joy to my heart.
I think I shall plant some milkweed for the monarch next year.
~Becky

Q said...

Dear Becky,
So glad to "see" you!
Oh the Monarchs will be so grateful for Milkweed. The garden Milkweed is very pretty too.
When the photos bring joy I know I am on the right path.
Thank you!
Joy to the world, the butterflies dance,
Sherry