Saturday, August 29, 2009


In spite of all outward appearances, this is not a photo of blurry cedar trees. It was an attempt to capture those purple wildflowers and the butterfly, which was flitting from place to place making it very difficult for this self-taught photographer who has yet to master moving objects. (She also has yet to master succinct sentences, although fleeting, unrelated thoughts seem to be well under control.)

Anywho, these beautiful flowers, which were four or five feet tall, sprung up in our daffodil field. (The daffodils only live there in the spring; the rest of the year it's a bulb field full of weeds which the Chesapeake Bay Children love to fly through on the J. Deere Gator. See above about succinct sentences vs. superfluous words and thoughts.)

Every summer my father lets the field grow up wild until the neighbors start to complain the pre-fall cutting. This summer some unusual, brightly colored wildflowers took up residence in the weeds: these tall, lanky purples, a couple of short reds and some brilliant yellows, all interspersed among the Queen Anne's Lace. They were quite the surprise in an otherwise dull, overgrown field.

Speaking of surprises, yesterday I went to Hudgins Post Office to pick up thirty months' days' worth of mail. Nothing good comes in my mail, so I avoid going at all costs.

Imagine my surprise when I opened the p.o. box to see a small package from New York City. Not a bill, not junk mail, but a card and a stroke of luck from Daryl, who sent me a good luck elephant. If I had real internet, I'd show a picture of it now, but since dial-up requires me to stockpile photos and be at the mercy of whatever is in stock, I'll have to wait until the year 2014 I have time to upload some more pictures to show it to you.

The bottom line is Daryl's package was an unexpected beautiful butterfly landing in my otherwise tired, overgrown day.

Thank you, Daryl, for such a wonderful surprise.

p.s. The Farmers Almanac website states that some Native American tribes believe butterflies are lucky; that if you catch one, whisper your wish to it and set it free, the butterfly will deliver your wish to the spirits, who will grant it.


Val said...

i was expecting bears and hurricanes but i love the field of flowers and butterfly artfully captured :-)

Living on the Spit said...

Now I want to go to the Butterfly garfen and tell all my dreams and wishes to them. That is a lovely shot.

Ann Marie said...

Elephants are so cool! I just don't like riding on them.. when I was little I wanted to run away to the circus (I am such a cliche) and be the ride on the elephant girl! Then I had the opportunity to do so once and guess what.. THEY ARE PRICKLY! Yikes.

but they are still cool.

Please have fun this week.. and enjoy enjoy enjoy the CBKs!

Country Girl said...

I avoid my mailbox, too. It's not good to do this, you know. But my mailbox is actually dangerous to visit. It's on a spot on the main road that is at a busy intersection with no light. Cars pass by the turning traffic just at the point of my mailbox. So I have to be very careful.

I love getting things from Daryl!

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Lovely shot! I am a butterfly fan. I never knew the Native American belief. Cant wait to share that with Cdub and Little T.

That Daryl is sure something!

tj said...

...Whatta sweetheart that Daryl is! :o)

...Yeah, I'm getting to where I don't like the mailbox much anymore either. My husband's work has slowed down and those bills still keep coming! I dunno what is up with that...*sigh* :o/...

...Love Indian lore. Now off to catch a butterfly! ;o)

...Happy Saturday CBFamily! And CBPeeps too!

...Blessings... :o)

Daryl said...

I am happy it got there ... one never knows what might happen once you drop something in the US Mail box ... and go have a wonderful relaxing week ..

BTW .. that's a neat shot of the butterfly or as I called them as a kid: flutterbye

Angel Mama said...

Love the butterfly! It was great to open your blog this morning and see that beautiful picture, since it was so ugly outside this morning. Yay! You now have an elephant - go make some luck, girl!

Grandma J said...

I guess the ultimate would be a butterfly riding in on the trunk of an elephant.