Gray Hairstreak Euphoria

Gray Hairstreak Butterfly photographed by Jeff Zablow at Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh. Jeff blogs about the art and science of butterflies at http://www.wingedbeauty.com
It was just a few days ago that I spotted a Gray Hairstreak nectaring on the coneflowers in my very own ‘peanut garden.’ It was a fine, fresh one, and caught my eye as I watched through the dining room window. That triangular form jutting out from the coneflower! Immediate Euphoria! I got out to the garden in a split second, and you know what? Any and all concerns that had been floating up there in my brain vaporized. Vaporized. The $100 water bill. The parking ticket that costs as much as a fine meal in a fine restaurant, the murderous ISIS mutilating others somewhere ½ way around the world, the why? is the shout of support for tiny, little Israel so difficult to hear, the day after day rain/thunderstorms impeding my photograph field work, all washed away.

That is one BIG reason that good folks strive to block development of good land. These and other butterflies provide us with hope, beauty, piece of mind and a reminder that there is a Higher order.

The first Gray Hairstreak in our newly planted ‘peanut’ garden, abutting the 900+ acre Frick Park. Who knows what else will visit today? Tomorrow?

Jeff

3 thoughts on “Gray Hairstreak Euphoria

  1. How nice to catch that little beauty in your own yard. And you’re right, our hobbies, whatever they are, help to take our mind off our troubles and relieve the stress.-as long as we return to our responsibilities. I think your philosophy about keeping nature free from chemicals and some spots just for nature, so we can be reminded of our creator is ‘right on’ and one way of worshiping Him. I love your insights.

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