Wednesday, August 04, 2021
“Being yourself is the only way to fly.”
One of the photos I took on that day.
Surely, with such numbers, I would be able to come across at least one butterfly that would sit still long enough for me to zoom in on. However, there would be no such luck on this presumption. They clearly were busy, and had no time for delay. If I was going to participate in the dance they were engaged in, I was going to have to move to their tempo, and this would mean picking up the pace. Good thing camera movement features today are ready to swing to the Jitterbug.
Whirl, swirl, and whirl
went the butterflies.
If you thought that that was the end of the story, you'd be close. It seems obvious: Photographer captures a photo. Period. But that's the thing with creation, it's not always so 'obvious'. There's more to see than meets the eye with creativity, and if you're open to it, you can embark on a whole other layer of wonderment.
So, while I was going through my images my mind began to wonder. It began to be curious about the relationship between a butterfly and a flower. I wondered whether their contact was based purely on a butterfly's need for the flower's nectar? Was nature strictly about surviving? Does the butterfly see the flower only as a food supply, or are they able to interconnect with each other on a different level that's not so visible to us as the observer? And if they could, could there be a friendship between them? And if they could, could one of them be an inspiration to the other?
Of course these questions were purely speculative on my part, but as I sat contemplating one of the pictures that I had taken that afternoon, I couldn't help but let my mind go even deeper into the land of imagination, since for me it often seems that that's the only place where true inspiration begins to dawn.
So, down the rabbit hole I went…
This was one of the most touching little sayings I’ve ever had come through my imagination.
"When I was young I wished to be
as beautiful as the flowers near me,”
recalled the butterfly.
Then one day I heard a whisper say,
"Oh no, dream beyond what you see.
Choose to fly and be free!"
Because the quote is about a butterfly wishing to be a flower, I decided to incorporate one of my butterfly graphics with the impression that it has floral markings. In this case, it was a summer daisy that inspired me — white petals and a yellow centre.
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