Butterfly Day

3/14/13 Thursday at Columbus, TX (Colorado River Campground-TT)

Up late, then worked on the blog after our morning routine, until lunch. The weather was so beautiful, in the 70’s, that we just spent our afternoon outside reading while we heard the birdsong, felt the gentle breezes and saw the different butterflies. Sigh.  It felt like a butterfly day – lazy, gentle, drifting, enjoying lovely bits on our way.  By the way, John is reading “Seabiscuit” by Laura Hillenbrand and I’m reading “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter” by Kim Edwards. Both excellent books.

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I found this little guy (Black Swallowtail?) on the ground, already dead, so I thought I’d share. Some have yellow dots all along their wing’s edges. The blue near and at the tail is beautiful as they are flying.

 

 

 

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The big moment of today was when we picked up our FedEx package at the Activity Center. Our microwave tray had arrived by 2:30 pm!! To celebrate, John cooked his Tator Tots using the convection oven. We’d been cooking a roast in the crock pot, so supper was a simple affair.

Lovely, restful day.

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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2 Responses to Butterfly Day

  1. Judy says:

    May you have many more. Thanks for the photos, and for sharing what you’re reading. This time of year I volunteer a bit in MSU’s “Butterfly House,” a room filled with the plants they love. The University buys chrysalises, hangs them in a frame until they hatch. I’ve learned enough to point out to kids and their families: eggs (look like tiny drops of honey, usually laid in rows); caterpillars (which begin as so tiny, almost as tiny as the eggs, but they devour leaves as they grow; and then different species of butterflies. We can often get them to land on fingers, if the fingers have been dipped in sugar water.
    My days are pretty good, too!

    • tjelser says:

      That was beautiful, Judy. You have the best life!!! I love all that you share on Facebook. We’ve been in butterfly houses – one of my favorite things. We are heading your way, you know. Sometime this summer is the hope.

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