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Lens-Artists PC: Earth, butterflies and us

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

This day in my blogging history


Published by Manja Maksimovič

A Slovenian in Italy for love. Blogger, photographer, translator and would-be writer who would be a writer if she wrote. Plus reluctant but emerging poet. Beware.

25 thoughts on “Lens-Artists PC: Earth, butterflies and us

  1. Wow, these butterflies, so beautifully captured! Love this series. The quotes are perfect.
    And, thank you for sharing your blogging history.


  2. Manja, you’ve captured some very exotic looking butterflies- I love the dark blue one and the ash coloured with the sky blue on the wings. The ones after the blue one have stunning patterns on their wings- God’s definitely an artist.
    The lines by Aubrey Marcus hit hard- ‘you are recycled butterflies….” Thank you for sharing it.


  3. An awesome array of butterflies! Love the door one, and the blue underneath, and the dark one with circles and the one that looks like an old man’s face…. I could go on!


    1. Thank you, John. 🙂 Well, I used to take really many photo but lately not as many because I don’t have my camera with me on my dog walks any more. I’ve seen it all, so many times before… I need to go somewhere new.

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  4. That boarded up door is a pretty special find 🙂 Oh those shots are beautiful. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference between moths and butterflies as there are plain-looking butterflies and stunningly colourful moths too. But the one big difference is that when butterflies are at rest their wings stand up. Not so for the moth, whose wings lay flat out when they rest. If a butterfly does that, it’s probably on its last legs.

    That quote and artwork are simply *kisses fingers* ❤

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  5. Beautiful! Oh, so beautiful, Manja! IO am a bit envious…we son’t have that great variety here, and definately not the sizes! The moth (?) sitting on the tree trunk is very special – surely there is a bearded face with long hair between his wings!

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    1. Ah, well spotted, Leya! 🙂 The last six are from the enclosed butterfly house in a botanical garden. We don’t get those largest one in nature like that! Not enough tropical. Thank you!


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