Garden Visitor

“The kiss of the sun for pardon,

The songs of the birds for mirth,

One is nearer God’s heart in a garden

Than anywhere else on earth.”

~ Dorothy Frances Gurney (1858-1932), “God’s Garden” lines 13–16, Poems, by Dorothy Frances Gurney

A freshly emerged monarch butterfly flits about a garden in Duluth, Minnesota.


Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

~Maya Angelou (1928-2014), American poet, memoirist, actress and an important figure in the American Civil Rights Movement

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An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail enjoying the nectar of a zinnia in my backyard.


“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves. We must die to one life before we can enter another.”

~ Anatole France, (1844-1924) French poet, journalist, and novelist

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A Widow Skimmer Dragonfly at rest on a plant along the shores of a Minnesota lake.