Dance of the Tiger Swallowtails

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Creating a safe haven and food resource for butterflies has been a high priority in my garden for many years now. Primary in this plan are three butterfly bushes I’ve planted. All three are in various stages of growth, but one, in particular, always lures in a variety of butterflies, mostly tiger swallowtails and cabbage whites, who come in abundance; a small number of monarchs; an occasional California sister; and all manner of skippers and smaller varieties. I welcome and treasure them all, as I know you do as well. And I do my utmost to document them with my camera.

“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.” ~Camille Pissarro

This year I have begun to venture into videotaping from my iPhone and wasn’t I more than blessed this last week to chance upon a mating dance between two tiger swallowtails! I was inspired to make my first iMovie today and so I post this lovely capture for you to also enjoy and share!

Love and butterfly blessings,
Kathryn xoxo

This month marks the sixth anniversary of this blog, Plant Whatever Brings You Joy. I want to thank my many subscribers and followers for reading my blog these many years. You are all so deeply appreciated! xoxo

Book News: Mendocino residents might have caught my recent interview on KZYX on “Women’s Voices”. Also, please watch for an excerpt from Plant Whatever Brings You Joy in the fall 2013 issue of the beautifully produced art journal out of Maine, Stone Voices. Thanks to editor Christine Cote. I’m so pleased to be included.

10 Responses to “Dance of the Tiger Swallowtails”

  1. So lovely, mom! What a great capture. Thanks for continuing to share the beauty. :-)

    Love you,
    Antonia
    xoxo

  2. Thanks, Antonia! It was quite an honor to be in the presence of that exquisite dance! Love, Mom xoxo

  3. Your sweet spirit is so lovely to observe as you honor all of Mother Nature.

    I get excited when I receive your blog as it always generates some new energy in me with regards to my garden.

    I truly believe that the fairies and the elves are alive and well in the gardens of those that care as much as you do.

    When is your birthday? Are you a Virgo? (just a wild guess)

    Maria Francesca
    Astrology Coach and Teacher

  4. Hi, Maria Francesca, Thank you for your kind words. So appreciated.
    I am a Pisces with a Cancer moon. Grand trine. Neptune on Midheaven. :)
    I do believe there is a special energy around the garden. I can feel it in the critters who live there. Yes. I’m glad the blog inspires you. Thank you. Kathryn xoxo

  5. Hello, my dear,
    Just stopping by this AM to see if anything is new. I adore that piece of lace over there and am slobbering for it. :) I’d love a skirt lined with silk made from it!

  6. Welcome, L. Adelaide and thank you! So fun to create! Kathryn xoxo

  7. Absolutely wonderful video! That must have been fantastic to watch in person.

  8. Hi, John and welcome! It was absolutely awesome! Thank you for appreciating! Kathryn xoxo

  9. I too am a Pisces! It is true that Pisces live in the magical world and nature is pure magic to me.

    I have two children that are Cancers and my Cancer son is a champion gardener. So you see you have both signs that are perfect for who you are.

    Although I am an astrology coach my other two passions are cooking and gardening. Thanks for the recipes. Your tomatoes look divine. Being Italian I do adore tomatoes.

    Blessings on your garden,
    Maria Francesca

  10. Hi, Maria Francesca! Good lovely morning! Another Pisces sister! Thank you! Kathryn xoxo

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