Forward - From the Heartland of Carolina

This is a continuing story of the journey Forward shared by 2 people, Lynne and Tom. Both love to LIVE life to it's fullest, which currently means spending lots of time outdoors, working on various projects from gardens to patios, flowers to vegetables, sunrises and sunsets, birds and woodland critters, and spending time with family. Don't forget to check the monthly archives, and please feel free to leave us a comment so we know you stopped by.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

A Birthday treat




For weeks, we've been watching these butterflies, mostly swallowtails, dance around the yard. We've watched the Black Swallowtails lay their eggs on the Fennel Plant (the first batch of butterfly pics below). We've watched the caterpillars grow from nearly 1/8 inch into 2" critters. We've seen some empty cocoons, proof that we've hatched some, without knowing it. Recently, we've seen several of the cocoons shortly after they were formed. This morning, we were treated to a special surprise, catching 2 butterflies who had just (within minutes) emerged from the cocoons.

These pictures show them, no more than 3 minutes out in the fresh air, stretching and drying their wings. After about 3 hours, they took flight, and are currently dancing with our other butterfly friends in the gardens. Life is very good here in the Heartland of Carolina, and life is also WONDERFUL, sharing it with Lynne.

It's been a very good first day of my 6th decade of life ;-)

3 Comments:

Anonymous Jo said...

Happy Birthday!!! May God bless you richly this year.

PS - You guys are awesome photographers.

25/8/05 9:14 AM  
Anonymous KC said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOM! ANOTHER YEAR YOUNGER, YET WISER---

IT IS SO WONDERFUL TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE SO HAPPY. YOU DESERVE HAPPINESS-it is up to us to believe that and accept it!

The pictures are beautiful. Lynne you birthday entry touched my heart. How amazing that you two have each other-stay close, very close...

Very nice blog you got here.

Peace Birthday Boy!
Kathy

26/8/05 3:28 PM  
Anonymous Brenda said...

Found your website from Jo...the pictures are beautiful! We have a cat that looks just like your persian...could be twins...haha!

30/8/05 9:45 AM  

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