Nature & Energy Insights
Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine. - Jeffrey Glassberg
Do you ever pay attention to the flitting cornucopia of colors all around you? Whether you’re in a city or out in the most rural countryside, somehow our colorful butterfly friends find us. Or at least they find their food sources. I’m simply amazed when I see these delicate little friends gliding across my backyard, often “war torn” with pieces missing from one wing or both, or emerging after the hardest rainfall I’ve ever seen – yet still finding their way to their food.
This past summer up to the last 2 weeks, I've spent a lot of time in Virginia where I rediscovered the breadth of butterfly varieties in my parents’ backyards. And as I paid closer attention with each visit, I realized just how many different species I was encountering. Which got me wondering – do any of us notice how many different colorful species surround us? They represent a variety of life spans (2 weeks to 1 year), sizes (a tiny Skipper to a massive Tiger Swallowtail), and colors; and some migrate, while others die within the season. So as I began reviewing my photos, I started researching to discern precisely which varieties I had photographed.
Butterflies see in ultraviolet (UV).
Perhaps bringing out the paparazzi in me the most: the Hummingbird Hawk Moth. While I’ve only seen one – at night – in my own backyard in California, my mother had two(!) for many weeks throughout the summer. Be aware that you may have these moths in your yard but never even know it - unlike most moths, they come out during the day, they resemble Bumblebees in color, and hummingbirds in action, so my mother never even suspected they were there. They happily glided from plant to plant in her yard, all the while followed by a huge, human stranger. Not to worry – these moths are quite patient with us paparazzi. But they proved quite the challenge to this photographer’s abilities.
Cold winter weather? You can still enjoy butterflies -
Of course, you can see butterflies year-round. I’ve often cheated and flown to Australia – south of the equator – during our cold summer months, delighted to enjoy the gorgeous butterflies there. But if you can’t get south of the equator in the winter months, not to worry – very often, local museums have butterfly exhibits. Below are some of my personal favorites and some resources to find others. Be sure to check the state or country you may be visiting, too, as I find many opportunities to see butterflies all over the world:
I hope you also enjoy my Butterfly collection of products. I’ll be adding more as I continue curating the many butterfly friends I encounter. Please let me know if there's a particular image you like but would prefer on a different product - it's an easy addition to the Zazzle site. And thanks for getting out to enjoy nature and all of her benefits!
I just recently responded on Instagram to a number of public posts from people depressed about the state of our natural world. Many nature lovers wrote expressing the sadness they feel when trying to save our planet and do the right thing to bring about change. They are people living Gandhi’s motto, “Be the change you want to be in the world” and they’re working hard to make it so. Yet they were feeling a bit down and overwhelmed. This got me thinking about how we approach problems – especially ones that can seem so large as to overwhelm us and make our potential for impact seem almost impossible.
Change *is* possible if we can approach it with thoughts of what is possible, rather than what is not. This approach can help us overcome any of our feelings of inadequacy, frustration and fear. I know it sounds counterintuitive – you’re down and sad but you need to be upbeat about the position of our planet (or anything that saddens you)? Yes!! Recall the point of view about seeing a glass half empty or half full? Now you’re on the right track ….
So nature lovers: Let’s shift the energy to that of the possibilities and act ‘as if’. This can have a profound impact, especially the more of us who participate in this ‘shift’. Here are some things we can all do right now for our planet, the people and the animals that inhabit it:
1 – Start your day thanking the Universe that the planet, and all of its inhabitants, are healthy. And call in anything else for their health that you’d like. Remember, focus on what you want (i.e. keep the message positive) and act as if is is already so.
2 – Reinforce it by writing it down. You can do this with a list of your “intentions” above, hold a visualization in your mind each morning, and/or create a vision board of a beautifully, healthy planet with pictures of goodness. Examples include animals and places on our planet who are healthy and treated with the respect and reverence they deserve
3 – Surround yourself with positive people who are also making a difference in the world. The above is not forgetting what we need to change. It’s about bringing a more positive energy to the problems where real change can happen.
If you want to learn more on this subject, you can watch interviews with Dr. Joe Dispenza, listen to part of an Oprah interview with Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, and/or learn more from the likes of the late Dr. Wayne Dyer, Gregg Braden, Mike Dooley, and many others on the power of this approach to the goodness we want to bring to our world.
If you don't feel like you can quite get there on your own - feeling down, overwhelmed, lacking self-esteem or other lower vibration, feel free to book a session to see how The Emotion Code and Body Code may be able to help you.
So if you want to create the change you want to see in our world and in your life: Let’s DO this!!!!
“The universe corresponds to the nature of your song.” – Michael Bernard Beckwith
When do you get the answers that you need in your life’s journey? Is it when you sleep? In messages through others? Through your intuition? I’ve learned that I receive it through all of the above - and through nature. Lately I have been exploring whether to pursue macro photography. I had recently rented 2 macro lenses to test and had been so disappointed. I learned that being 100% reliant on a tripod and being right on top of my subject matter was not for me. I didn’t want to scare the animals and insects of my fascination, and my camera gear is already heavy and cumbersome when I travel without necessitating a tripod, too. This week, while visiting family on the East Coast, I had rented one final lens before I was going to decide whether to give up my quest.
Arriving on the East Coast, I was exhausted. With a three hour drive to my destination ahead, and only an hour or so of sleep on my overnight redeye flight, it’s 6 am, and I’m asking myself: “What was I thinking taking a redeye?” With just 1 hour left in the drive, we stopped for an hour to wait for my nephew. At wit’s end, irritable, and just ready to be done with this drive is precisely when the magic happened….
I began to notice an odd phenomenon each time we stopped on the drive: a single dragonfly would appear, and would fly back and forth across the car, front to back, back to front. Now stopped on the side of the road awaiting my nephew, 2 things happened: first, an insect resembling a bee flew into the back window, just behind my seat, and just looked at me. Hmmm…. "Is he staring at me out of fear? He doesn't seem to be in any hurry to move away from me." So I gingerly grabbed my camera and took several shots (see above). Then I ever so gently ushered him back out into nature where he belonged.
Then, not one but two dragonflies landed on branches just beside me at the car’s edge. And they just stared at me. Yes – they looked right at me. Feeling confident that any moment they would fly off, I just sat and enjoyed their beauty in this special moment. But they didn’t leave. So again, I pulled out my camera, gingerly stepped out of the car, and began taking pictures. Still, they just sat. After I had snapped what seemed to be 100's of pictures, they flew up – and returned and sat back down in a new position. And again I took numerous shots of their new angles. And so it went on like this – the entire hour we waited for my nephew. Now, you might be thinking, “It’s just coincidence that they landed to charge in the sun at the very moment you pulled up in the car”. Except that they weren’t sitting in the sun. In many cases, I don’t even bother shooting in the sun for the myriad problems it poses in photography. Nope – this was just pure magic. I began to realize that they were perhaps here for another reason: to prove a point to me.
As the week continued and this happened again and again (on my father’s balcony as I walked by, on my father’s porch where I was sitting, on a nearby limb and then a lily pad at a friend’s house where I was visiting), I reflected that these were no coincidences. Macro photography was here to stay in my life, and the dragonflies were going to show me precisely how it was possible – with my existing lens and the third rental that I used for the shots that week..... I also was reminded of something I already new: life's obstacles are in your life for a reason. Embrace them!
I now have profound gratitude for my little "teachers". Thank you, bee and dragonflies – (and thank you to my nephew for taking so awfully long to get ready.) I shall do my very best to remember this “intentional magic” the next time I start to get irritated in life's unappreciated moments, when it is not moving as fast as I'd prefer. I hope that you will, too……
Pamela, Eyes4Nature's proprietor, enjoying life out in the field among the animals and the peacefulness of nature.