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All zoos are both beguiling and repellent. ~ Thomas French




The sparrow is sorry for the peacock at the burden of its tail. – Amitendranath Tagore


A fallen blossom
returning to the bough, I thought —
But no, a butterfly.
― Arakida Moritake, Traditional Japanese Poetry: An Anthology

unknownboy_botanicalgarden ~ click to enlarge

Q:  Is it possible to become friends with a butterfly?

A:  It is if you first become a part of nature. You suppress your presence as a human being, stay very still, and convince yourself that you are a tree or grass or a flower. It takes time, but once the butterfly lets its guard down, you can become friends quite naturally.” ― Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land. ~ Abraham Lincoln

And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.

~ Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Sensitive Plant”

Arizona Roller Derby Girls – at the Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Yikes!!!

Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Stanford University Marching Band, 2011 Fiesta Bowl Parade, Phoenix, AZ

All those years of skating and dancing have carried over. I can’t design anything without thinking of how a woman’s body will look and move when she’s wearing it. ~ Vera Wang