Why do we love them so? They’re exotically beautiful and they transform in magical ways. They’re symbols of Soul in many cultures and in my life–always a thrill, a surprise, a joy.
After last year’s dry summer butterfly scarcity, the winged population rebounded in 2021. I saw butterflies I hadn’t seen for years and a few I’d never seen before. I’ll take you through a photo trip of what I saw in forest, fields, and gardens. The season started in early April with a Mourning Cloak in the forest, and by early June, Pearl Crescents and Skippers were everywhere in the fields. Eastern Tiger Swallowtails arrived in June, too. When Monarchs showed up, I gathered eggs. It was butterfly heaven on my New York Finger Lakes land in a world where so much is parched.
What lifts your spirit and feeds your Soul this challenging summer? For other posts about butterflies, see a favorite on Monarchs, Dancing with Monarchs, Defying Despair. For a post on the beauty of the forest and how it nourishes the Soul, see Rooted: Grounded in a Precarious World.