The butterflies have been loving the zinnias this past month, which has allowed me to see more butterflies than I usually have. Or perhaps it is just that I'm paying more attention. I never realized there were more than just black swallowtails till this summer. These two are zebras, and they are followed by a giant swallowtail. It took me awhile to identify the latter one -- it apparently made it away from an encounter with a bird, but not without some cost. It had to keep fluttering non-stop in an effort to keep its balance while feeding, as you can see in the video clip.
My approach to contemplative photography --
Tell about it."
Mary Oliver in "Sometimes"
Tesserae: small cube-shaped tiles of ceramic, glass or precious stone used to make a mosaic, or in this case, brief essays on some element of lectio divina with Luke 10:38-42.