Our native monarda begins to bloom. One early-July afternoon, I read in the garden for a few minutes. It is so quiet with most of the neighborhood out-of-town for July vacations — I hear just the rustling of leaves and flowers in the breeze and a few mourning doves calling. A male eastern tiger swallowtail nectars in the monarda, and is so intensely focused on the blossoms that I walk right up to him with my camera. His wings are radiant yellow and unmarred, showing no signs of wear or age. The yellow glows when he dips into the shadows, and the scallops under his wings are vibrant orange and steely blue.
Though he ignores the company, three red admiral butterflies and several bumble bees busily nectar in nearby blossoms. They, too, are absorbed with collecting nectar and are oblivious of each other and of me.
This peaceful time on a warm summer afternoon is, for me, an active meditation on living in the present moment. It is a gift to share this time and space with such lovely creatures; to put aside frets and worries, to let go of the past and future; to just be in this one moment.
What a treat to see these beauties, thank you so much for sharing Beth!!!
Thanks for your kind words, Vanessa, and for reading my blog.
Thank you, Maggie Mae!
Lovely! I just shared the photos and your words with my 2 young granddaughters, who are building with Legos at my dinning room table. Alyssa was really listening because she gasped when she thought you were making a pun in your last sentence and checked to see if you spelled it as BEE! 🙂
(Also, I had no idea your husband was such a fine artist! — loved that blog, too)
Hope you’re having a great summer!
Thank you for sharing my blog with your granddaughters, Jan! I love it that Alyssa thought of a pun — and it works!
These are amazing, Beth! I love the way you catch everything and “freeze” the motion. They look ready to flit away in a heartbeat. Thank you for capturing so much beauty!
Thank you for reading my blog and for your kind thoughts, Lisa!
Beth, your pictures are incredible. I love your blog.
Thank you for reading my blog, Pam. I am so glad that you enjoy it!