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

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Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

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The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity. ~ George Carlin

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The butterfly is a flying flower,
The flower a tethered butterfly.
~ Ponce Denis Ecouchard Le Brun

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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

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

Joy is the best make-up. ~ Anne Lamott

I was clicking through archives from last fall and found some shots I took at the Monarch exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden.  It was a gorgeous day and the butterflies were cooperative.  Monarchs are notoriously anti-social, as butterflies go.  But this one sat still for her portrait. Oh, his portrait…as the case may be.