Thursday, January 01, 2009

First Footing

First footing is a grand tradition.
The first creatures to step into Corner in 2009
are a pair of exotic butterflies.



Perhaps 2009 will be filled
with exotic adventures.



I have lots of photographs to process.
Safari was thrilling;
the butterflies fantastic.



We hiked in a forest.
A bitter wind blew from the north.
A juvenile Red Headed Woodpecker
entertained me for twenty minutes.
I forgot to be cold.


I only knew the sound of the trees and the birds.
I was in the now.
I was in joy.

2009,
the year of
Joy.

16 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

This is a colorful joyful post Sherry. Glad to see you are back and full of fun adventures to share with us.

marmee said...

i agree with the year of joy for 2009. let's just declare it. hope you have relished in your days with the butterflies. i have visited some of these conservatories, one in canada in the midst of wintery storms, it was so magical and full of wonder.

Mimi said...
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Mimi said...

I love your Heliconius butterflies. You have hierax in the first and sara in the second. The third butterfly is my favorite... Parthenos sylvia ! funny how so many butterflies are named for women! Sorry I accidentally deleted my previous post... was trying to edit my overly excited typos.

Cheryl said...

The butterflies are beautiful Sherry. Lovely colours to cheer a dull day......it must have been magical to walk with them.....

Walking thru the forest with a north wind sounds wonderful......I love the chill when I am out walking......I can understand woody entertaining you, they are indeed wonderful to watch......

2009 the year of joy.....I like that.....

Aluajala said...

Oooh so many wonderful colors on this winter day..

Dear Sherry I wish you all the best in the New Year. Peace, Joy and lots of Wonders to you!

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
I had a very wonderful time.
2009 just may be filled with all sorts of delights. I am looking forward to finding them!
Happy 2009!
Sherry

Q said...

Dear Marmee,
This was a small butterfly house yet I was able to spend over two hours being with the butterflies. I do love them all. I already miss them!
It was very cold outside and so warm with the butterflies. It WAS magical. I also spent over two hours in the aquarium. I have fallen head over heels in love with the creatures of the sea. Oh my goodness they are incredible.

We have declared,
"2009 the year of JOY!"
Looking forward to sharing adventures with you.
Sherry

Q said...

Dear Mimi,
Thank you for the butterfly ids!
I did not know their names only that they were so very lovely.
I also was smitten with Parthenos Sylvia. She is very beautiful. She liked the yellow fancy flowers. I loved the back lighting on her.
I want to come see you and your butterflies! I will need to plan a Winter get away....
Thank you again for naming the butterflies...
JOY!
Sherry

Q said...

Dear Cheryl,
The butterflies are magical. I miss them so very much each winter. This butterfly house is only 3 hours away. I can go a couple times each winter when I feel lonely for the butterflies.
It is a new conservatory.
The forest was very wonderful. I enjoyed the birds. The wind was really too sharp and too strong to enjoy it. I do love the feel of the wind on my face but this one was icy...
2009 the year of JOY...
It is so!
Joyful days for you and yours,
Sherry

Q said...

Dear Aluajala,
Thank you!
We will share the wonders of the world and smile and laugh and feel the joy!
Yeah!
Sherry

Rose said...

I hope, too, that 2009 will be the year of joy, Sherry. Certainly those beautiful butterflies bring joy to all of us. I'm glad you enjoyed your safari!

Mary said...

Sherry, thanks so much for brightening our day! Amidst the gloom of winter, you found a spark.

They're glorious photos. And that little redhead must have pull a spell on you :o)

Mary

Wendy said...

And I like the first butterfly - the one with both red and white in its wings.
I'm glad you had such a good time. Everyone needs a little comfort and joy at this time of year.
2009 - the year of JOY - I love it!!!

meggie said...

What a beautiful post!

Q said...

Dear Meggie,
Thank you!
Happy 2009!
It is going to be a great year.
Namaste,
Sherry