Harbinger of Spring: Nymphalis antiopa

From The Hiker’s Notebook by William Needham Her common name is Mourning Cloak, but she is also know as Harbinger of Spring, and Camberwell beauty. The name Mourning Cloak is due to the appearance of the dorsal surface of the wings, said to resemble the traditional cloak worn by those in mourning, which was sometimes […]

*Butterfly Sitting Softly

Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder. — Henry David Thoreau • • • Photo ©2011, Jen Payne, butterfly at Walden Pond. Butterfly enthusiasts: is this Polygonia interrogationis […]

*I will write to you of butterflies.

It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes […]