Butterfly Moments

photophotoJohn is the photographer in this family so it has surprised me that I’ve become addicted to taking pictures of butterflies.   It’s become a daily photo adventure for me, right outside my front door.  I step out with my trusty camera many times throughout the day to see what beauties have flown in for a quick nip of nectar.  My most popular feeding stations have been my confetti Lantanas and my Arizona Blanket Plant.  At the start of my butterfly adventure, I knew very little about these beauties but now I know many of them on a first name basis….there’s the Painted Lady, a big variety of Skippers, Monarchs, Buckeyes, Swallow tails, and a host of tiny visitors whose names I don’t yet know.  It’s been a blast.  With each sighting comes an awe in my heart of the detail and beauty that God has perfected in these beautiful creatures.   As the days have become shorter and weather a bit cooler, sometimes I pull up a lawn chair and just watch the garden creatures perform.  On occasion, John has joined me and watched me scamper this way and that to capture one more pic.  I ask him if I’m driving him crazy and he says, “I love seeing you enjoy life.”  AND I must say,  I am enjoying life.  Do you know, ten years ago when my heart was broken, I wasn’t sure I’d ever really enjoy life again?  Yes, I knew God’s grace was sufficient for whatever I faced and that He was faithful but still, I thought the grief that consumed me then would hold me captive the rest of my life.  I was wrong.   Joy does come in the morning.  Please sip a bit of joy as you look at the pics that follow and don’t miss the butterflies who have battled for their lives. I love, love , love that they are still flitting around in the sun, sipping nectar.
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Psalm 30:5 Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
Psalm 30:11-12 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
you have loosed my sackcloth
and clothed me with gladness,
12 that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

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10 thoughts on “Butterfly Moments

  1. I love your message of JOY and the awesome photos that illustrate it. You’ve captured vibrant colors, sharp details, and a wide variety of butterflies. Beautiful! What type of camera and lens are you using?

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    • It’s John’s old Nikon D50 with a 55-200 zoom lens. It’s about 10 years old. He has a new one that takes awesome pics but it is heavier. I sneak it out ever once in awhile. He’s suggested the sports setting and I usually use it. Thanks Sue.

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  2. Beautiful words for moment stopping butterfly captures <3. Thank you for the reminder to slow down, observe Gods delicate details, and sharing the joy we can soak up by doing so!!! Keep going strong with your photography Pam-la, Gods using you!! These are pure awesome photos paired with words to live by ❤ xo

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