If you’re like me, you love flowers, having them around you or purchasing them, but when it comes to naming them- well that’s a whole other story. And now that spring is upon us, I’ve got a lot of lovely flowers budding up around me that haven’t bloomed and I am waiting in anticipation to see what they’ll look like. I know there’s a lot of you out there who can look at the leaves and say, oh that’s a blah blah blah, but the extent of my naming system is, “that yellow one” or “the pink spikey one.”
While in Key West recently, we stopped into a butterfly exhibit and got to see and experience hundreds of butterflies fluttering and landing all around us. It was pretty amazing to see so many all in one place, each looking so rare and beautiful.
We learned that once certain types of butterflies get to their final stage of metamorphosis, (the pretty stage as I call it) some only live for a few weeks actually. It got me thinking about how they must spend their time knowing they literally have only days to live in such a beautiful state. What if it were the same for people? How would you spend your final weeks?
Would you spend your time worrying, or would you enjoy them freely? I’m no expert on what butterflies do with their spare time, but it doesn’t seem wasted that’s for sure. They carefully hop around from one leaf or person’s shoulder to the next. It seemed like each move they made was important, and it was a gentle reminder of how I hope to carry myself through life. Freely, gracefully, purposefully, and with care.
I dedicate this post to my grandmother, who loved many things such as flowers, just like the butterfly.
Tomorrow marks the first day of my photography class at the Crealde School of Art in Winter Park, FL, so I’m calling this a fresh start and hopefully new inspiration for my photography. I’m really excited to meet some new faces, learn a lot and share my own experiences. And of course I’ll be sure to share with you!
And here are a couple of photos I had stuck in my back pocket for a while. I think they go nicely with the notion of “fresh” too.
I call this one “Rise Above,” and I didn’t realize how fitting and coincidental it was for today’s holiday until I decided to post it just now. Wishing everyone a wonderful Easter!
Anyone else’s head feel like it’s going to spin off? The expected holiday craziness has set in and today I needed a little bit of a relaxer. So, of course, I decided to flip through my photos and found a couple more flower petals I wanted to upload and share.
You can find these photos at my online shop by clicking on the images as well.