Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Beautiful Butterflies

While deleting photos off my iPhone, I came across these snapshots and thought they would make for a fun post. My mother texted them to me last year when she visited a butterfly garden.

Here in Tennessee, we had a slow start to spring, but it looks like our daytime highs are going to be in the high 70s and low 80s for the next few weeks. For much of June, July, and August, we have temperatures in the high 90s (and often low 100s) so we will certainly be enjoying the moderate May weather. These photos make me want to take a walk and enjoy the sunshine!



Speaking of insects, Mr. Handsome was a real insect-lover as a child. He learned the basics during homeschool science and would spend his spare time reading more (from encyclopedias, as this was before the advent of the internet).

During his elementary and middle school years, Mr. Handsome created an impressive insect collection. My mother-in-law still has it. In fact, she uses it to teach classes at the homeschool coop that she is a part of. The kids love it.

As you can imagine, collecting insects is a laborious task that requires a lots of patience. Mr. Handsome's youngest brother (the fourth child in their family of seven children, of which Mr. Handsome is the oldest) would dutifully follow him around as he collected his specimens. The two of them are five years apart, so this brother considered Mr. Handsome to be the epitome of cool.

Now back to the butterflies. Aren't they beautiful?


  1. Anonymous5/01/2018

    Thank-you so much for sharing these photos! They are a pure joy to look at! I Really enjoyed these pictures! Tell your mom it was much appreciated!

  2. Anonymous5/01/2018

    Where I live in south-west Ga temp was 91 at 4 pm today. We've been running the AC for almost a month now.

  3. Shela G5/01/2018

    The pictures are beautiful!! I just love butterflies. They have great meaning to me and are a symbol in my life. Thank you for sharing.

  4. The pictures are beautiful. We use to collected butterflies with a net then let them go.

    Thanks for sharing them.

  5. Anonymous5/02/2018

    It's better to collect pictures of insects than actual specimens. You should let them live and do the work they were designed to do. You wouldn't have most of your food and the world would be overrun with debris if not for insects.

    1. Anonymous5/03/2018

      I got in trouble at a camp as a kid for picking a pretty mushroom and showing it to a counselor. Turns out it was a morel, edible, not very common, and you're supposed to leave them where you find them! So I learned my lesson about "collecting" anything living that belongs in nature.

    2. Anonymous5/09/2018

      Almost all schools have a requirement that students collect specimens. Studying a picture just doesn’t have the same affect.

  6. Anonymous5/02/2018

    It is neat how the butterflies landed on the people. My experience of butterflies is that they are elusive and flutter away when people get close!

  7. Anonymous5/02/2018

    Considering the work Ellie wrote about was kept and used to teach others it has a beneficial side that goes on. Understanding insects is very important and the consequences of all things insect is no small thing to comprehend for sure!