Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The three S's in my summer


{KK 511}


From my front porch . . . simplicity, silence and solitude.

Simple . . . a state of mind. Not complicated, not always easy, but definitely not empty.

Silence. . . music for the soul. Not necessarily the absence of sound, but of noise that disrupts the contemplative mind.

Solitude. . . a state of being alone. Not lonely, but refreshing the mind, cultivating a relationship with oneself and nature.

Yep, the three s's were my motto for this summer when I wasn't in the crazy house taking care of caterpillar business. I've lost count, but I'm sure I've released more butterflies this summer than last. There has been more disease and predators to deal with too. My last batch of about 70 was released last week and I already see momas in the patch. The milkweed has finally gotten some serious growth but not for the amount of new eggs I see being laid.

I may also need someone to throw me a rope to climp out of the never ending photos to edit. I don't know why I do this to myself. It took me days just to cull and download photos from 3 full memory cards. But, I have photos of emerging butterflies, the pupation, and a caterpillar coming out of his egg!

I'm going to be busy . . . send chocolate! lol

We have a new theme over at Focusing on Life, where you can also find me today . . . it's going to be a fun month!

More later,
Kim


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20 comments:

Barbara said...

Oh you are going to be busy downloading and culling your image, can't wait to see.

Tamar SB said...

I love hearing about your butterflies - such a lovely way to spend the summer (even with the stress of tending to them!)

Beverly said...

What a sweet image you made. I love hearing about your butterfly stories.

Michelle B said...

Your image is beautiful. I can't wait to see pictures of your butterflies and caterpillars!

cathy @ma vie trouvee said...

I love this - it would make a great card!

you-wee because said...

"I may also need someone to throw me a rope to climp out of the never ending photos to edit."
This is a sentence many of the abitious photographers may have written. Doesn't matter if you mainly take caterpillars, butterflies and flowers or - like me - everything what comes into my focus of photographic interest (= everything that accitenally comes in front of my lens). I think we are perfectionists and although we have the wish for simplicity, silence and solitude, we want to be engaged in something meaningful. Am I wrong?

Dotti said...

Ahhh ... and you didn't understand this month's FOL Theme. You are rockin' it, Kim! I love this image, very creative. I'd like to see more of this.

Cathy said...

I love that image! And I can't wait to see your butterfly photos! Amazing...

My Garden Diaries said...

What a perfect theme for summer goodness! And I can not wait to see all of your butterflies!! How inspiring!!! Nicole xo

Brenda said...

An amazing graphic tribute to the theme of your summer. Beautiful.

Sheila said...

I can't wait to see you butterfly images! I love today's graphic - so awesome!

Barb said...

I love your graphic image today! It sounds like all of us are drowning in things to catch up on!

June Caedmon said...

Love your definitions, Kim. I'm so glad summer was all that for you! Blessings!

Nicki said...

I am selfishly waiting to see the butterfly pictures (feeling a little guilty considering how busy it must be on your end) - but there is some consolation that it is appreciated. Right? :)

Hang in there! Not chocolate I know, but much more waist friendly. :)

Kimberly Vensel said...

This is a beautiful image! As a fellow Monarch lover and raiser of butterflies, I can relate to your crazy busyness. Taking care of caterpillars is a lot of work! We have released 133 butterflies so far this summer and are winding down now as fall approaches. It has been so rewarding, but like you, I have so many images to go through.

And on top of that, I have had several weddings and sessions photographed. Still working my way through all of that. Add to that Children's ministry and PTO duties and it is enough to make one want to hide in her closet in the fetal position and just pray to God to perform a miracle in her behalf. :)

All that to say, you are not alone. Hang in there! And thank you for your dedication to the Monarch butterflies!

Marilyn said...

I've loved following your butterfly posts. So fascinating!. I like your TT entry. It's fun and different with the various fonts.

Pat said...

Beautiful work.

Ida said...

I'm not sure how your life was simple with all those butterflies but I bet it was amazing. Loved your piece above.

Cathy H. said...

I love the art depicting your summer! I can't image how busy butterflies must keep you! I love your three S's!

EarlK said...

Beautiful composition. Very imaginative. What a fantastic business you have. The cycle of the butterfly . . . and you maintain it. Wonderful.

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