Saturday, May 2, 2015

"We delight in the beauty of the a butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through
to achieve that beauty."     ~Maya Angelou

This is true in the lives of our family and friends.  We delight in who they are, while
unaware of all they may have gone through, to become the person that they are today.
The caterpillar while encased in the darkened cocoon, never dreamt of the freedom that
lie ahead.

"Butterflies can't see their wings.  They can't see how beautiful they are, but everyone
else can.  People are like that."   ~unknown

Speaking of beautiful cousin captured the two pictures above, last summer
in her zinnia garden. 

These pictures were taken at a recent visit to the National Museum of Natural History,
in Washington, DC.

"Most have noticed the wings of a butterfly, and observed the uniformity and beauty of the
pattern.  Now to produce that beautiful uniformity of pattern, hundreds of thousands, if not
millions of little feathers must combine.  And were we to have to calculate the exact shape,
situation, and tint of marking which every single plume of this countless feather-dust must
have, to prevent the whole being a confused blotch, it would exceed all the powers of human
mathematics, not to say all the faculties of the human mind.  But we might as well believe
that a group of boys, by throwing together stone after stone for a number of years, could
build up a Westminster Palace---as that all these minute feathers came together by chance!"
~ Philpot

At the one section of the museum, containing the butterfly display, I stood gazing at
all the colors, patterns, and varieties of butterflies that hung above me, in a massive
display, representing a few of the many types of butterflies found in this world.

The museum was a most interesting place for all of us to spend time on a Saturday morning.
The adults and the children alike, were captivated by all that we saw.

Fun with our family, on a rainy, overcast Saturday morning, a few months ago.

Wishing you a good weekend, and hoping that your weather is as lovely as ours is today.

This summer, when you see butterflies with their intricate markings and brilliant
colors, that you are reminded of the God who created them, for us to enjoy.


Happy@Home said...

Would you believe I've never been to Washington D.C. We do have great intentions of getting there though and when we do I must get to the Natural Museum. This butterfly exhibit looks amazing.
The pictures your cousin shared are so pretty. I can't wait for the return of the butterflies to my own garden. Always a welcome sight :).

lindsey said...

I love to see butterflies flitting around the garden, they have just begun to appear here, these photos are lovely, especially the ones of your sweet family

debi said...

Precious family precious.
Love your butterfly photos, you always provide food for thought....thank you for that.


Anneliese said...

Those quotes about the butterfly teach a valuable life lesson. Such amazing beauty in, not only how they look but, how they got there.

Judy said...

So true...the beauty we see is often a result of the difficulties and challenges that are in the past. Beautiful pic's and thoughts! It sounds like a lovely way to spend time with family...a visit to the museum in Washington DC.


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