Being and Becoming
This is a quick photographic (mostly) post. There are a few perennial gems in the garden. Favorites?
These lovelies have emerged and will be with us until they reach their days and fade, or the deer reckon they were grown as a gourmet novelty just for them.
In another corner of our world here is a small stand (?) of milkweed plants. We have been watching every year for signs of Monarch butterfly activity. Finally this summer we spotted one or two of these amazing critters scurrying back and forth across our field and through our woods. Last week I went to the patch of milkweeds and behold:
Growing up in Milwaukee with a nice sized field on our property I have watched these beauties do their miraculous thing over and over again. But, really not since I was a boy, I have not witnessed this miracle of creation close up since then.
Imagine our horror to find the next day that something had been ravaging these caterpillars (larvae properly) and leaving them dangling and dead in their milkweed nursery. So, we rescued.
An unused large plastic pot with a screen top has served. A small water-filled flower vase covered with paper towel (so they don’t fall in) anchors the milkweed stems I picked. There are four or five caterpillars of varying sizes now thriving safely on our deck. I have a stick in there for them to hang on when they pupate. We’ll see if that works. In the meantime, the rescue efforts will continue. My hope is to present you with some up close shots of the Monarch chrysalis, which is certainly one of the wonders of the world.
Addendum: For those of you reading this who are C.S. Lewis fans, you may appreciate this little natural delight. The Monarch caterpillar, when it is ready to pupate heads…UP. Further Up and into its pre-resurrection chrysalis home. In the Narnia Chronicle entitled, The Last Battle, the children, led by Aslan, are encouraged to go “Further Up…Further In” on their way to the land where they will be fully clothed. Don’t you love it?!
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In the meantime, and in keeping with the theme, we are working on a set of marriage exercises, meant to build appreciation for what has already bloomed in our marriage and “rescue” and nurture that which might be otherwise damaged and/or lost. Thank you Harville Hendrix and Helen Hunt (Getting the Love you want).