the butterfly psyche

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breaking through the cocoon walls
with nothing but small feet
and powdery wings
this is the power of a dream
from safety
to the unknown of flight
this is the self in the making
there’s a universe of air
so why do butterflies
go it alone
fluttering crazily
from flower to scent
to knee deep in nectar
exposed
beautiful
and expectant

©A. D. Joyce, 2015

Fluttering a Universe of Air

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I was very much fascinated by the sky in 2014 and I took countless pictures of it whenever the spirit hit me. I felt i was rediscovering something I had taken for granted for too long.

So as this year ends, I offer just a few of the photos I took. (Yes, some were taken while I was driving. Distracted driving is dangerous so don’t try this at home!)

May our skies be as beautiful as these in 2015. Happy New Year!

Photos by A.D. Joyce

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All photos by A.D. Joyce

All photos by A.D. Joyce

©A. D. Joyce, 2014

Butterfly Facts

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At night or during bad weather, butterflies hang from the undersides of leaves or crawl into crevices between rocks.

The typical life expectancy of a butterfly is two to 14 days due to predators or the weather. Some live for as long as a year.

The ancient Greek word for butterfly is psyche.

butterfly (English)
buttorfleoge (Old English)
papillon (French)
ihe n’efe-efe (Igbo)
farasha (Arabic, standard)
mariposa (Spanish)
borboleta (Portuguese)
bebe (Fijian)

Eighty percent of all butterfly species live in the tropics.

Butterflies communicate mostly through chemical signals. A few species can produce noises with their wings.

Some people say that when a butterfly lands on you it means good luck.

In Chinese culture, two butterflies flying together symbolize love.

In Devonshire, UK, people would traditionally rush around to kill the first butterfly of the year that they see or else face a year of bad luck.

In the Philippines, a lingering black butterfly or moth in the house is taken to mean that someone in the family has died or will soon die.

Butterflies breathe through tiny openings on their sides, smell with their antennae, and taste with their feet.

You can feed butterflies with a butterfly feeder and homemade nectar.

(Facts via the Butterfly WebSite and Wikipedia.)

©A. D. Joyce, 2014