In April I was lucky to see this beautiful butterfly at the bottom of my parents' garden. But the shot with my zoom-user- unfriendly-camera yielded this result. Although the internet says that the Redbreast Jezebel is commonly seen in gardens, this was my first sighting.
One needs to have the jezebel spirit ( a deviation from the dictionary meaning; I'm using the term to mean 'intrepid') to venture out in the garden. Especially being at the bottom of the garden in the rainy season, is no mean feat:) Weeds grow faster than in any season and leeches and snakes abound! My nephew told me that there were many colourful snakes in the garden. It gives me the shudders just thinking about seeing them from close quarters!
I carried a stout stick and 'brandished' it on the tall grass as I made a way through that luxuriant weed but then I didn't want to scare the butterflies away either. No luck with the Jezebels but here's what I got.
I hope you've enjoyed going through the photos. I'll be going back to blooms in my next post.
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