My garden has never been one of prolific blooms but this Ixora is still going on--adding a splash of colour to a plot ravaged by rain! Most of the time I go ga-ga over rain but months of sodden earth has its ugly side too! Handling garden soil is out of question so my activities have been limited to my potted plants. Oh, but why am I cribbing about rain now? This post is actually about a butterfly that landed on the Ixora. I've written about and posted photos of butterflies before but I'd always wanted to photograph the most spectacular ones resting/ sucking nectar from the blooms. Those still flit about, and I still don't stand a chance. Ah well, I'll have to settle for second best! One would assume that getting an opportunity like this one should come up with the best shots. Story of my life!! The afternoon sun was against my face and if I had taken it from the other angle, either the boundary wall or the barbed wire would've blocked my view. I couldn't even get close enough what with the rain-created puddles turning to little ponds complete with miniature forms of aquatic life! Butterflies are extra sensitive to sudden movements and there were a few! Can you spot the one and only--that's what it'll be, for the time being. And if this is a start, won't I be able to shoot them in colours to die for?! Soon? I hope so....
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau