The butterfly-motif serviettes I bought months ago finally found themselves cut, drawn and quartered to become a bead-and-butterfly mobile. It actually looks quite good 'in the flesh', especially when the evening sun sends a myriad of rainbow glints from the crystal and glass, dancing along the walls... Unfortunately, it most certainly isn't photogenic!
I tried and tried to get a decent photo, but to no avail... I should try to film the play of light, but while waiting for that, here's a butterfly waltz...
The mobile beads come from a fantastic goblin's lair of a shop - full of string upon string of magical crystal and glass...
The butterfly in the beautiful video above is the Monarch, the North American species which makes the epic annual migratory journey between Canada and Mexico. In their thousands, the butterflies set off for warmer climates in August, and return to the North in the following spring, often overwintering in sites along the Rockies. The Monarch, thus named by an American entomologist in the 19th century because it was "one of the largest butterflies, and rules a vast domain", follows the same flight paths established generations before.
|Joel Sartore National Geographic- How I wish I could take photos like these!!!|
|White pale (Cabbage White?) butterflies seem to be the most common variety here...|
|One of my modest little Chalk Blue butterflies at the end of the season - looking a bit battered and ragged...|
|Another tattered Chalk Blue - almost transparent this time!|
|Still not very photogenic, but too bad...|