What if butterflies had social media and posted photos of a black baby, an elderly Chinese woman, a couple of LA thugs, a dancer painted into a butterfly?
These were my thoughts as I was gathering my photos of butterflies and moths. Since Amy says that the natural world has many stories to tell and sets this week’s theme as Earth Story, I have chosen these cheerful fliers to illustrate the story of the Earth and us as summed up by this quotation:
You are comprised of 84 minerals, 23 Elements, and 8 gallons of water spread across 38 trillion cells.
You have been built up from nothing by the spare parts of the Earth you have consumed, according to a set of instructions hidden in a double helix and small enough to be carried by a sperm. You are recycled butterflies, plants, rocks, streams, firewood, wolf fur, and shark teeth, broken down to their smallest parts and rebuilt into our planet’s most complex living thing.
You are not living on Earth. You are Earth.Aubrey Marcus
I found these words on Facebook together with this lovely artwork by Malene Reynolds Laugesen and it spoke to me like little else recently:
Since chances of finding wolf fur or shark teeth in my photos are slim, I have decided to concentrate on butterflies and moths. I believe that one of the things that separate the two is that moths have hairy antennae. Now you know.
First we have a look around my home in Tuscany and then we cross into Slovenia. Slovenia starts with the repeat of the featured moth, together with some kiwis, to show its size.
The last six photos are the only ones that were taken in a butterfly house, as part of the Arboretum Volčji Potok in Slovenia, all the rest are living freely.
I am not tempted to classify them but if you’d like to, be our guest.
For Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, hosted by Amy at THE WORLD IS A BOOK…: Earth Story
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