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Gulf Fritillary

 

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Lining our sidewalk at the lake were Virginia Sweetspire, lovely native shrubs beloved by all manner of butterflies and bees, praying mantis and spiders.  One chilly morning in autumn I went out to find gulf fritillaries clinging to dangling seedpods waiting for the sun to come out.  Chilled, they were captive for my lens.  I must plant more Virginia Sweetspire.   They colonize so do be careful where you plant them.  They love moist soils and are perfect for stream beds, ponds and creeks and help control erosion.  They are also stunningly beautiful in the spring with long white floral tassels.

Speaks to me…

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The beauty of the trees,

the softness of the air,

the fragrance of the grass……speaks to me.

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The summit of the mountain,

the thunder of the sky,

the rhythm of the sea…speaks to me.

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The faintness of the stars,

the freshness of the morning,

the dewdrop on the flower…speaks to me.

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The strength of fire,

the taste of salmon,

the trail of the sun,

and the life that never goes away,

they speak to me.

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And my heart soars.

Poem:  Chief Dan George

Photo:  Nairn Beach, Scotland by moi